Balloons Over Broadway
The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade
Publication Date: November 2011
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Everyone's a New Yorker on Thanksgiving Day, when young and old rise early to see what giant new balloons will fill the skies for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Who first invented these "upside-down puppets"? Meet Tony Sarg, puppeteer extraordinaire In brilliant collage illustrations, Caldecott Honor artist Melissa Sweet tells the story of the puppeteer Tony Sarg, capturing his genius, his dedication, his zest for play, and his long-lasting gift to America the inspired helium balloons that would become the trademark of Macy's Parade. Winner of the 2012 Robert F. Sibert Medal and the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award.
Melissa Sweet has illustrated more than eighty children's books, including the Caldecott Honor books "The Right Word "and "A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams" both written by Jen Bryant. She also wrote and illustrated "Tupelo Rides the Rails"; "Carmine: A Little More Red", which was a "New York Times" Best Illustrated Children's Book; and "Balloons Over Broadway", a picture book biography that was named a 2011 "Publishers Weekly" Best Nonfiction Picture Book. When she is not in her studio, Melissa can be found taking an art class, hiking with her dogs, or riding her bicycle. She lives with her family in Rockport, Maine.