Share in the Delight of an American Tradition


During storytime this morning, several young friends informed me that they would be celebrating Thanksgiving this week.  I asked them what their plans were, and they quickly noted that they were going to watch "the parade!"

I have a perfect book for those of you who are more eager to see a parade; then, to eat the Thanksgiving Day meal.  Balloons over Broadway: the True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade by Melissa Sweet.


Who invented the first balloons for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade? Meet Tony Sarg, puppeteer extraordinaire! 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?

Award-winning artist, Melissa Sweet, shares the story of puppeteer Tony Sarg. Using brilliant collage illustrations she has captured 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

Macy’s Thanksgiving Parades of the Past