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Balloons over Broadway


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.

2011  Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books
2012  Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award
2012  Orbis Pictus Award
2012  NCTE Orbis Pictus Award
2012  Golden Kite Awards
2013-2014  Beehive Children's Informational Book Award
2012  Jefferson Cup Award