Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold
(Caldecott Honor Book)

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Illus. in full color. "Ringgold recounts the dream adventure of eight-year-old Cassie Louise Lightfoot, who flies above her apartment-building rooftop, the 'tar beach' of the title, looking down on 1939 Harlem. Part autobiographical, part fictional, this allegorical tale sparkles with symbolic and historical references central to African-American culture. The spectacular artwork resonates with color and texture. Children will delight in the universal dream of mastering one's world by flying over it. A practical and stunningly beautiful book."--(starred) Horn Book.  
 

About Faith Ringgold

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Faith Ringgold was born in Harlem, but now divides her time between New Jersey and La Jolla, California.  She is a professor of fine art at the University of California at San Diego, where she teaches for half of the year. An artist of international renown, Faith is best known for her story quilts -- works that combine painting, quilted fabric, and storytelling.Faiths first book for children, Tar Beach, was a Caldecott Honor Book, a winner of the Coretta Scott King Award for illustration, a Reading Rainbow featured selection, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book, and the recipient of numerous other honors, including a Parents Choice Gold Award. Faith is married to Burdette Ringgold and has two daughters, Michele and Barbara, and three granddaughters, Faith, Teddy and Martha.  
 
Published January 16, 1991 by Crown Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Fiction

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Combining the traditional association between flying and the escape of slaves to freedom with her own fantasies as a child who delighted in the sense of liberation and empowerment she felt on a rooftop from which she saw stars twinkling among the lights of nearby George Washington Bridge, Ringgol...

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Picnicking on the roof of her family's Harlem apartment building--a ``tar beach'' to which they bring fried chicken and roasted peanuts, watermelon and beer, and, not least, friends and laughter--Cassie pictures herself soaring above New York City: above the George Washington Bridge, which her fa...

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A girl uses her imagination to soar from the ""tar beach"" roof of her family's Harlem home.

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In fact, Ringgold, an acclaimed African-American artist with studios in New York City and La Jolla, Calif., first created the autobiographical Tar Beach as a ''story quilt,'' which is now owned by New York's Guggenheim Museum.

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