Balloons Over Broadway

Sweet, M. (2011). Balloons over broadway: the true story of the puppeteer of Macy's parade. Boston, Ma: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children.

This wonderful rendition of how the famous parade came to be by author Melissa Sweet does an incredible job of detailing its history.  The illustrations and images bring this story to life, from the beginnings of Tony Sarge’s dream of beginning marionettes to the public, to the grandiose display of balloons now known as the Macy’s Day Parade. In addition to the illustrations, Sweet includes various newspaper clippings of the time displaying pertinent information to solidify her research.

This story is excellent for young readers searching for accurate information presented in a way they can understand.  It also will be a perfect book to introduce creativity, symbolism, or a show and tell project. 

Parents could also introduce these topics and home and create a family arts and crafts event.