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”? Meet Tony Sarg, puppeteer extraordinaire! In brilliant collage illustrations, the award-winning artist Melissa Sweet tells the story of the puppeteer Tony Sarg, capturing 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.
This Thanksgiving-themed book is great for character study as it is a biography non-fiction story of Tony Sarg. This book has a high frequency of “marionette”/”marionettes,” this repetition is great for students targeting medial /r/ and multisyllabic words. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Balloons Over Broadway in speech therapy below: