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

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Stunning design and story inspires passion for art-making.

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BALLOONS OVER BROADWAY: THE TRUE STORY OF MACY'S PARADE is a treasure of a book for kids interested in art, history, and how things work. Using an innovative design approach that combines watercolors, collage, papier mache, old newspaper clippings, and found objects, it recreates the history of an artist's life and the impact of his creations -- the simple, evocative animal balloons that are the signature of the Macy's Parade. But behind this story of how the balloons were created is the story of a boy's curiosity and passion, and how his love for tinkering led to a lifelong career in arts and crafts, without any formal training and only his mind and spirit to guide him.

Kids interesting in these subjects will find a wonderland of ideas and inspiration here. Parents may find themselves learning a thing or two about how "upside-down puppets" are crafted, and set out for a project around the house that could use fixing.

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