Parade! by Tom ShachtmanThe big Thanksgiving Day parades are a traditional kick-off to the holiday season, but not everyone realizes that parade day is preceded by a full year of planning. This book takes readers “backstage” at the Macy’s parade to see the process of preparation. Dozens of full-color photographs detail float and costume design, dance rehearsals, band practice and, of course, construction and maintenance of the famous giant balloons. The text is brief but accurate and suggests mounting excitement as the parade day approaches. At last, the book provides a grandstand seat for the parade itself. This exuberant and informative look at a familiar holiday ritual belongs in every holiday collection. — Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, Ill.

“Exudes excitement. You can hear the brass bands playing.” Horn Book

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