Book Talk Thursday ~ A Fun Biography

My favorite day of the week is here...
This week I am gearing up for Thanksgiving with a great biography and activity for any biography.  The book I am focusing on this week is Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade.

Most biographies we read are about super famous people, but I love this book because it is about a person who helped make a famous event even more special.  How many of us spend every Thanksgiving watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade?  Many of us in America do, and we are always in awe of the balloons.  My kids love them, and we can't wait to see our favorites.

Tony Sarg made those balloons possible, and this book tells his story in such a simple and engaging way.  It tells and shows his thought processes to make his "puppets" work as they floated through the parade.  He was a man who never stopped thinking.  The pictures in the book perfectly show how Sarg came up with his ideas and made them work.  And, I really love how the captions and speech bubbles show the reader what Sarg was thinking and how he never ending thoughts helped him to create an American tradition.

This book is a perfect addition to a biography unit, especially to show that biographies can be written about anyone, no matter how famous.  After reading the biographies, students could write their own Bio Poem to show what they learned about the person they read about.  Click {here} or on the picture below to grab a freebie page to spruce up the students' Bio Poems
So, when you watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade this year, think about Tony Sarg and his wonderful balloons!

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  1. I LOVE this book. The images are great. It's a great book to talk about perseverance and ingenuity.


  2. This sounds like a wonderful book and perfect for this time of year! I will definitely have to check it out. I like how it is a biography about someone who isn't necessarily famous. People can be important for so many different reasons.

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  3. I was actually thinking today how I need to get more Thanksgiving books. Right now I only have one. This will be great!

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  4. Andrea, I've never heard of this book, but it looks great! Thanks for sharing.
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  5. Thank you for this Bio Poems printable. I will definitely use it soon.

  6. I love using poems! Thanks so much for the freebie.
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  7. I just wrote a post about Picture Books for Thanksgiving ( and one of my commenters mentioned this book as a good one to add. I can't wait to read it! I'd love to invite you to link up at Booknificent Thursdays every Thursday at! I really enjoy your Book Talk Thursdays!


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