of Macy's Parade
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(pub. 11.1.2011) 40 pages
A True Tale with A Cherry On Top
A uthor and illustrator: Melissa Sweet
C haracter: Tony Sarg
O verview from the jacket flap:
"Every Thanksgiving morning for more than eighty years, mammoth-size balloons have risen to the skies to wobble and sway, sally and shimmy, up and down the canyons of New York City.
Just how did this beloved tradition come to Broadway? Who first invented these wondrous 'upside-down marionettes'?
Meet TONY SARG: the boy who loved to figure out how things moved - the boy who became the puppeteer of Macy's parade!
T antalizing taste:
"High above the crowds, they flounced in the afternoon wind, pulling the rope handlers this way and that. Yet with every heave-ho, the balloons gestured and articulated like wild puppets and the crowd screamed for more."
and something more: I loved reading this terrific book (Winner of the 2012 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award) to my favorite class of second graders. They appreciated the tall illustration (the book is turned vertically for that page) of the huge towering blue elephant balloon in the parade. And, afterwards, several children asked me to explain how Tony, as a boy, rigged up the pulleys to feed the chickens from his bed in the morning. And, they were impressed that "his dad, so impressed, never made Tony do another chore." A child's dream to be given a free pass regarding chores, right?