by Melissa Sweet 


A Sibert Medal-winning picture book biography and perfect Thanksgiving Day read about the invention of the first balloons for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade From Caldecott honor artist Melissa Sweet.


Everyone's a New Yorker on Thanksgiving Day, when people from every corner of the country rise early or tune in to see what giant new balloons will fill the skies for Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. In Balloons Over Broadway, Caldecott honor artist Melissa Sweet brings the inspirational story of Tony Sarg, a self-taught immigrant with a wildly creative dream that invented those balloons, to life.


The story takes readers through every step of Sarg's journey-- from his childhood love of creating marionettes, to the moment this brilliant idea was born in his head, all the way up to the invention of these enchanting floating balloons. Sweet brilliantly captures the essence of Sarg through her signature collage illustrations and thoughtful storytelling. Balloons over Broadway will capture the hearts of all ages sitting around the dinner table, on Thanksgiving Day and every day.

Balloons Over Broadway : The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade

SKU: 9780547199450
  • Melissa Sweet is the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of many fine children's books including Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White, winner of the NCTE Orbis Pictus award, Balloons Over Broadway, a Sibert winner, and The Right Word and A River of Words, both Caldecott Honors. Reviewers have described her unique mixed-media illustrations as "exuberant," "outstanding," and "a creative delight." Melissa lives on the beautiful coast of Maine. In addition to writing and painting, she enjoys gardening, hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing. For more information about the author and her work, visit her online at

  • ISBN-13: 9780547199450
    ISBN-10: 0547199457
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
    Publish Date: November 2011
    Page Count: 40
    Reading Level: Ages 4-7
    Dimensions: 9.25 x 11.38 x 0.38 inches

    Books Juvenile Nonfiction Biography & Autobiography - Art
    Books Juvenile Nonfiction Holidays & Celebrations - Thanksgiving
    Books Juvenile Nonfiction Technology - How Things Work/Are Made