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Title:
Milly and the Macy's Parade
Author:
Corey, Shana.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Press, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 X 31 cm
Summary:
Concerned that the immigrant employees of New York City's Macy's department store are homesick at Christmas, a young girl inspires the store's head to hold the first Macy's Parade. Based on a true story; includes historical note.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 420 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.6 0.5 65738.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.3 2 Quiz: 31594 Guided reading level: M.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780439297547
Format :
Book

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Milly, a spirited little girl, envisions a way to bring a bit of her family's old country festivities to their new home in America. Featuring artwork by the illustrator of the Lemony Snicket books, this heartwarming fictional tale is based on the true history of the first Macy's Parade in 1924 and evokes the pride of what it means to be an American. "An entertaining and lively variation on holiday stories." - School Library Journal


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 2. Mixing fact and fiction, Corey fashions a story about how the Macy's Parade came into being in 1924. The fictional heroine Millie is a Polish immigrant child whose father works on the loading docks at Macy's, where she spends many afternoons visiting Mr. Macy in his office. She also likes riding the elevators, loitering in ladies' lingerie, and trying out toys. Millie is happy, but Papa and his friends are homesick for their countries. She brings the problem to Mr. Macy, and together they cook up the idea of a holiday parade, which, of course, has become a seasonal tradition. The author's note states that most of the story isn't true, but the immigrant origins of the parade are based in fact. Obvious plot points are ignored (How did Millie meet Mr. Macy in the first place?), but the happy spirit of the holidays pervades the tale. Helquist, who illustrated the Lemony Snicket books, provides colorful chalk art with interesting perspectives. There's a visual sharpness to the characters that doesn't quite say "Season's Greetings," but the many era-specific pictures take children back in time. --Ilene Cooper


Publisher's Weekly Review

Milly, the daughter of Polish immigrants, idolizes her dad's boss, Mr. Macy: he "was just about the most important person in America (next to the president of course)." So when Papa and his co-workers grow homesick for their Christmas tradition of "caroling from house to house," Milly takes her idea for "singing and strolling in the streets" straight to Mr. Macy. As her endnote explains, Corey's (You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer!) "history" of the Macy's Christmas Parade is more fanciful than factual, but it captures the flavor of its 1924 setting. (Parade enthusiasts should see also Pamela Pease's Macy's on Parade, noted above under "Thanksgiving.") Marching across the horizontal pages, the sharp-faced, pointy-nosed characters of Helquist's (illustrator of Lemony Snicket's books) spirited acrylic and oil illustrations may convey a more satirical mood than the text suggests, but period details bring the '20s roaring back to life. Ages 5-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is a highlight of the New York City holiday season with its marching bands and big balloons. In this story, set in 1924, Corey envisions a little girl whose immigrant Polish father works for Mr. Macy himself. Milly has the run of the store and can fly through the revolving doors and ride up and down the escalators and the elevators. She and all the fashionably dressed customers think that the Christmas merchandise is "gorgeous." But while Milly and her family are growing accustomed to America, they miss one wonderful custom from the old country: strolling from house to house singing Christmas carols. The child determinedly proposes to Mr. Macy a parade as an alternative. The marchers begin in Harlem with festive costumes, bands, and animals from the Central Park Zoo and end up on 34th Street. And so the annual festivity takes root. Helquist's acrylic-and-oil paintings feature colorfully dressed people with angular faces and bodies outlined in black. The author's note gives a history of the parade and acknowledges that while R. H. Macy himself died in 1877, he is a known character "-immortalized in the 1947 classic book and film Miracle on 34th Street-." While the references to the Follies and the Rockefellers and the Vanderbilts may be lost on children, this is an entertaining and lively variation on holiday stories.-Susan Pine, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.