Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Balloons over Broadway: the true story of the puppeteers of Macy's Parade by Melissa Sweet


Grades 3-6

Committee Annotation: As a boy, Tony Sarg invented a method for feeding his family's chickens while still in bed. As an adult, he created awe inspiring, floating, balloons to star in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.

Author website: http://melissasweet.net/

69 comments:

  1. Interesting history of the big balloons you see at the Macy's day parade on Thanksgiving and how they came about.

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  2. I liked how Tony Sarg figured out how to makre the ballons the way they are now. I enjoy watching the Macy's Day Parade every year. Who else watches the parade every year?

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    1. I watch it on TV every year.

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  3. Nice book. I like watching the Macy Day Parade on Thanksgiving.Is Tony star still alive?

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  4. I really enjoyed this book.I love balloons.I watch the Thanksgiving Parade every year.Do u?
    What is your favorite float in the story?Mine is the elephant!
    Sugar Cookie 123

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  5. This book was really good i loved it. I remember watching the Macy's Day parade on Thanksgiving. I would recommend it to other people have you ever been to the Macy'S Day parade? and did you like it?

    avieiraxo7

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  6. I liked his ballons and always watch the paradeon TV. have u ever made a puppet? I know i do

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    1. I watch the parade on tv too. Has anyone really been to the parade?

      avieiraxo7

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  7. This book was very interesting to learn about! I thought it was really cool to learn about how the Macy's Thankgsgiving Parade started, because I watch it every year on Thanksgiving. Has anyone ever been to the parade in New York City?


    justinbieber

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  8. This book reminds me of when I tried to make my first balloon animal. I definitely failed!

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  9. This is a really good book.
    I never went to a Macy's day parade before.
    Does anyone else just thought this was a cool book?

    Sincerely,
    TheGamingTurtle

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  10. Wow this book was very imformative, every year i watch the parade on tv and i wish i couold go for real.I have always wondered about how the parade started, hasc anybody ever been before?


    fr3d fr3d burg3er

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  11. I like this book because it shows you how the ballons came to be today. I watch the Macy's Day Parade.

    Mexicantaco

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  12. I liked how Tony found a way to make creatures that are'nt alive to be in the parade, while people can see even if they're not in the first row. Ive been in many parades and seen a lot too, have you bee n in a parade?


    sillymonke1121

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    1. i have been in a parade when the vetrens came home. i marched for a hour and a half it was alot of work :)

      twins1102

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  13. I liked how it talks about Macy's.The first parade started in 1924.Also I liked the balloons.Cute!I remember when I watch the parades every year.Do you like the Macy's parades ?I love it!!!


    Comment by: Puppylover

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  14. I liked how Tony made those puppets come to life.It reminds me how i watch the parade too.What did you think about this story?

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  15. I liked it when Tony Sarg worked so hard to make those marionettes perfect. Just because it does not work at first it does not mean you give up.
    Do you like this story and what was your favorite part?

    sincerley, Pinkpanda

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  16. This book was about the Thanksgiving parade balloons. Tony Sarg was my favorite character because he made the balloons. I liked this book because it's funny and it will make you believe in your dreams. You should read this book because it's inspiring. He said that he shouldn't give up on his dreams.

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  17. This book was about the Thanksgiving parade balloons. Tony Sarg was my favorite character because he made the balloons. I liked it because it's funny and it will make you believe in your dreams. It's inspiring when he said he should not give up, it's his dream.

    Ivan gr. 3
    Greenbush Elementary School
    West Warwick

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  18. This book was about Tony Sarg making puppets into giant balloons. I liked this book because it is about giant balloons and a parade in New York. If you like puppets or balloons you should read this book.

    Derick W. gr. 3
    Greenbush Elementary School
    West Warwick

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  19. I like when they told you about him putting on a show for their boss.
    I went to the Macey perad last year.

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  20. comment:I thought the pictures went grest with the book. connection: My mom works at Macy's . conversation:When was the first live broadcast of the parade?

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  21. I like the inventions Tony Sarg made! I watch the parade every year on Thanksgiving! How long did it take to make the inventions all together?
    Super Swagg

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  22. I like that puppets were no longer made and brought back by Tony Sarg. I also watched the parade this year! I have a question. How were puppets first made?

    sincerely,
    Handsome Panda Cakes:[)

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    1. Nobody really knows when or where the first puppets were made but they say the Egyptians used them but historians think they started in India. I have made puppets before. Have you ever made a puppet?

      Ecto 1

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    2. no i have not made a puppet ecto1!

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  23. I like this story because it was very interesting and i liked how it explained a lot about one thing at a time.

    I was in a parade, that was when the veterans came home.

    Do you guys like this story too? What is your favorite part?

    by,twins1102

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    1. i like the whole story

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  24. THIS STORY IS FUNNY AND FOR ALL AGES TOO. MY SISTER HAS A BOOK ABOUT BALLOONS TOO. DO YOU LIKE THIS STORY?

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  25. I like how Tony knew to change his inventions. It reminds me of the macey's day parade. Isn't that the best story ever?



    Go52618

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  26. I like this story because it is funny.I think it is funny because Tony Sarg has crazy ideas

    My connection is every year I watch the Macey's Thanksgiving Parade.

    How did they blow up the balloon?

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  27. I like how Tony did not have to do any chores.I always watch the Macey's parade onT.V.How did they ship the balloons back to New York?

    coolred03

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  28. What I like about Balloons over Brodway is when the balloons came down the street.

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  29. I liked it because it showed me how they started the Macy's
    parade.I watch the Macy's parade almost every year. How old was he whent to NY.

    watergirl774

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  30. What i liked about the story was,when he made the balloones go high into the sky.
    I always watched the macy's parade.it's so cool!
    How can you make a big air balloon like the ones in the parade?

    Bloodyscull

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  31. I liked how tony didn't have to do chores ever again.
    I also loved to play with balloons and still do.
    What was your favorite part?

    -Dovahkiin

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  32. I liked how Tony tied a stirng to the chicken coop to his bed room and pulled it with the roop.I like puppets and parades.I liked the book a lot did any one else like it.

    Black Skull

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  33. It's funny when they tried to pull the ballons under the train. What do you think of the graphics

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  34. I liked all the balloon puppets.I've seen the Macy parade and my friend was in it.Do you like this book?



    Chucky and Freddy 111

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  35. Well I like Balloons Over Broadway because I like balloons and puppets.Also sometimes I watch the Macy's day parade on tv.do you like this book to please reply?

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  36. It was about a man that made big balloons for the Macy's parade. My favorite character in this book was the man who made the balloons because he made great designs on the balloons. I liked this book because it tells us about his life. You should read this book because it tells us about his life and it has great pictures.

    Brianna M. gr.3
    Greenbush Elementary School
    West Warwick

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  37. This book was about when they first started putting balloons in the parade. My favorite character in the book was the puppet master because I like all the balloons in the parade. I liked this book because it is a good story about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. You should read this book because this only comes once a year.

    Shaun G. gr. 3
    Greenbush Elementary School
    West Warwick

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  38. This book is a biography about Tony Sarg. My favorite part was when Tony put the balloons in the parade. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves the Macy's parade.

    Jessica B. gr. 3
    Greenbush Elementary School
    West Warwick

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  39. This story is about Tony Sarg who makes balloons for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. My favorite part was when he made a balloon for the parade. I recommend this book to someone who likes picture books because the pictures are excellent.

    Evan L. gr. 3
    Greenbush Elementary School
    West Warwick

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  40. This book was about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. My favorite character was Tony Sarg. I liked the book because it is on Thanksgiving. Plus it has lots of things that the kids like. You should read this book because it is funny and creative.

    Angel R. gr.3
    Greenbush Elementary School
    West Warwick

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  41. This non fiction book was about a man who made balloons. I liked the pictures but the balloons were my favorite. I really loved the huge balloons.

    Robert A. gr. 3
    Greenbush Elementary School
    West Warwick

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  42. This book was about a boy named Tony who loved to make puppets and was really passionate in doing it a lot. My favorite character in the book was Tony because he was the main character and the story was about him. Also, I really like reading biographies.

    I liked this story because it is a non fiction story about a man named Tony who likes to make puppets. What I liked best is this is has colored pictures like a fiction book but it is really non fiction. You should read this story because it tells you a lot about puppets and how the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade started.

    Yasumin V. gr. 3
    Greenbush Elementary School
    West Warwick

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  43. This book was about a man who made balloons for the Macy's parade. My favorite part was when the boy made puppets before he made balloons. I liked it because the book has good pictures.

    Alex T. gr. 3
    Greenbush Elementary School
    West Warwick

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  44. This book is about a man named Tony Fredrik Sarge (1880-1942), who created balloons for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924. I liked this book because I like to learn about history and people from history.

    Travis M. gr. 3
    Greenbush Elementary School
    West Warwick

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  45. This is about a man who made the balloons in the Macy's parade. I liked when the man put his idea of the big balloons in the parade. I liked it because I like the balloons! I thinks kids in preK-gr.5 would like this book.

    James A. gr. 3
    Greenbush Elementary School
    West Warwick

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  46. This book is about a boy who fed his family's chickens without leaving his room. He never had to do another chore again! He made balloons for the Macy's parade. I like this book because he struggled to create the balloons for kids. I read this book because it caught my attention. It has to catch your attention or you won't read it. You should give it a try!

    Nick R. gr. 3
    Greenbush Elementary School
    West Warwick

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  47. This book is about Tony Sarg who makes balloons. It is really good. My favorite person was Tony who made balloons but my favorite part was when the balloons were flying. I think this book is excellent. I like that he made balloons.

    Daeqwon S. gr. 3
    Greenbush Elementary School
    West Warwick

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  48. This book is a biography about Tony Sarg. He controlled all of the balloons in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. My favorite character was Tony. I liked this book because it was very, very interesting. You should read this book because it is about the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade and how Tony put balloons in the parade.

    Abigail B. gr. 3
    Greenbush Elementary School
    West Warwick

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  49. This book is about a man that worked for Macy's and made balloons for the Macy's parade. I like the book Balloons over Broadway because the pictures are detailed and it is interesting. While you are reading it you can picture it in your mind, that is why I like it. You should read this book because it is interesting and you will be surprised how all the changes the man goes through.

    Jianna D. gr. 3
    Greenbush Elementary School
    West Warwick

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  50. This book was about balloons in New York on Broadway. Tony is my favorite character because he is confident. I liked this book because there are balloons in it. You should read this book if you like balloons.

    Christopher B. gr. 3
    Greenbush Elementary School
    West Warwick

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  51. I love the drawings of the balloons and how to font of the story was written. I also watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade every year on Thanksgiving. I think during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade they still remember Tony Sarg. Do you still rememeber him?

    followyourheart

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  52. The book is about a guy named Tony Sarg. He created the balloons for the first Thanksgiving day parade. He made them out of rubberized silk. The ballons were filled with air and helium. I think that people who want to know how they made the balloons would like this book.

    Brian L. gr. 4
    Greenbush Elementry School
    West Warwick

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  53. Balloons over Broadway

    by:melissa sweet

    This book is about a man made all balloon and was able to put them in the macy’s parade. and my favorite part about this book when he got the job offer to put his balloons in the macy's parade.I would recommend this book excellent and i think if u like true stories
    you'll really like this book.

    Emily m
    Greenbush school
    West warwick

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  54. Tony Sarg the boy who loved to figure out how things moved. He was the boy who became the puppeteer of Macy’s parade. I like how you get to see what he made as an adult. It was an excellent book to read because he is such a great puppeteer and I would tell my family and friends to read it.

    Alexis L.
    Greenbush Elementary
    West Warwick

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  55. I LIKE HOW HE NEVER GAVE UP. MY UNCLE DOES BOXING. HOW DOES HE KNOW ABOUT THE RING?

    DOG 64

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  56. I like this book because I like the pictures. I watch the Macy's Day parade. Do you?

    Pizza boss

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  57. I got this book from my library recently and I think this is a great read aloud. I think our class should read this as a read aloud at Thanksgiving time.

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  58. This book has good illistrations.It is really colorfull. My favriote part is when they had a parade with ballons that was really cool.The parade was in New York on Broadway.The man never gave up.The mans name was
    tony sarg thought happy when I saw the ballons.

    Cassandra
    Grade 3
    Meeting street Providence RI

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  59. I think that he never gave up because he wanted to make a difference in the world.


    Allison
    Grade 4
    Meeting Street Providence RI

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  60. I watch it every year also.
    Robby Forth grade Meeting street

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  61. Balloons Over Broadway is really good because it shows how the thanksgiving day balloons were formed throughout the years.

    Lawrel.B
    5th grade Meeting Street

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  62. I really like the book, Ballons Over Broadway, because I like wacthing the ballons up above and floating in the air and seeing what new designs they are going to have each year!It was cool hearing about how they were made!

    Alijah
    5th grade
    Meeting Street School

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  63. I read Balloons Over Broadway. I love that book it is so interesting, evreyone should read Balloons Over Broadway because it is a good book and I love all the characters and the colors that the balloons have. I want them to make a balloon of the character, Domo and Minie Mouse holding hands. That will be so cute and in the book showed us how they made them.

    Elsyne
    5 grade
    Meeting Street School

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