By Houghton Mifflin

Reviewed for Second Grade, 2011

Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy

How did behemoth balloons come to mosey along Manhattan's streets every Thanksgiving? Meet puppeteer Tony Sarg. Tony's childhood fascination with trinkets led to a colorful career as a world-renowned marionette maker. Melissa Sweet’s inventive storytelling, captivating collages, illustrations, and genuine news clippings from the 1930's tell how Tony masterminded the first Macy’s parade. It’s a history lesson, inventor's sketchbook, and inspirational story all rolled into one marvelous mixed-media masterpiece. Sweet's beautifully rendered true-life tale will have your child's imagination soaring to new heights! (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, $11.55)