BALLOONS OVER BROADWAY, The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade

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BALLOONS OVER BROADWAY, The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade, by Melissa Sweet, is the amazing biography of immigrant Tony Sarge in a beautiful award-winning picture book.

If you could visit New York City on Thanksgiving Day, you would be treated to one of the world's greatest parades. Your feet would tap to the bands' music, and your heart would leap as you saw fabulous floats. Then, when you see Uncle Sam, Santa, enormous cartoon creatures like Spongebob Square Pants, and your favorite superheroes like Spiderman floating 324 stories above you, you would agree with millions of spectators, that the Macy's Day Parade would become one of your favorite memories.

Caldecott-winning artist, Melissa Sweet brings history to life in Balloons Over Broadway the biography of Tony Sarg, puppeteer extraordinaire who invented and engineered the first gigantic helium balloons for the Macy's Day's Parade in 1935. Through mixed media, Melissa Sweet presents the quintessentially interesting informational story of this creative artist whose problem-solving and innovation introduced the world to many-stories-tall balloons. The layers of graphic elements produce a visually interesting account of Sarge's plans, techniques, and innovation that delights and informs. It is perfect Thanksgiving literature that will bring back readers on every day of the year.

Balloons Over Broadway is the perfect classroom study to inspire problem solving and innovation, work ethic, creativity, and admiration of character traits that represent the best in the American Dream. It will be a classroom favorite, so Kids Wings recommends you consider purchasing a class set . The Kids Wings unit and 50-slide Jeopardy-type game will delight every teacher and guarantee thoughtful, fun, social and exciting academic growth for every classroom.

The literature guide for this terrific biography was created by Suzy Red and Kids Wings Associate Sandy Metz and comes to you in both PowerPoint and PDF formats for excellence in projection and printing. The Activities include:

Pre-reading Discussion Cards

2-page Readers Theater

Crossword Puzzle


Researching Inventors


3D Balloon Building

Researching the Text

Math Multiple Choice Skill Builder

Reading Multiple Choice Skill Builder

Answer Pages

Plus, a BONUS Interactive Jeopardy-type Game in PowerPoint format.

Total Pages
71 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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