Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Balloon Whisperer

Sometimes you have to be at the right place at the right time.
Balloons Over Broadway: the True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade, written and illustrated by Melissa Sweet, is a picture book biography of Tony Sarg.
What was his big moment?
Sample: “Macy’s had heard about Tony’s puppets and asked him to design a ‘puppet parade’ for the store’s holiday window. So Tony made new puppets based on storybook characters, then attached them to gears and pulleys to make them move.”
Then Macy’s decided to have an annual parade. At first they had live animals but children were frightened.
So Tony tried puppets. He had huge puppets made of rubber but many people couldn’t see them.

Next Tony tried balloons. It was a success!
Teachers  grade 3 and up, the author has provided a puppet for your students to make. 

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