Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade


Bibliographic Information: Sweet, M., Newborn, R., & Paquette, C. (2011). Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children.

Brief Annotation: Tony Sarg’s creativity and hard work leads to the start of an American tradition when he creates balloons puppets for the Macy’s Parade.

Genre: Nonfiction

Grade Level: 3-5

Readers who will like this: Readers who have watched or heard of the Macy’s Parade; Readers who like to invent

Rating/Response: 4 Though specific to the Macy’s Parade, this book tells a bigger story of following your dreams. Amazing illustrations paired with intriguing facts about the life of Tony Sarg make this book as informational as it is enjoyable to readers.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: “Has anyone ever watched the Macy’s Parade?”

Reading Strategy: Important Ideas

Rationale for Strategy: This book is a great resource in teaching students to identify the main idea of a nonfiction story that contains a lot of information.

Posted by: Sammi Keller


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