Tar Beach

by Faith Ringgold


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  • Item #62V1 in Voices Fall Voices Fall
    • Grades: PreK - 2
    • Ages: 4 - 7
    Caldecott Honor
    • Format: Paperback Book
      Paperback Book
Short Summary
A poignant and uplifting work of art, this beautifully illustrated book tells the moving story of a girl whose imagination gives her the freedom to soar above her troubles.

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For eight-year-old Cassie, the rooftop of her Harlem apartment building is a magical place, where friends and family gather to eat, play cards, and get away from their daily struggles. Down in the real world, there are problems: Cassie's father can't join the union because of his race, and when he can't find work, her mother cries.

But none of that matters up on Tar Beach, where the lights from the George Washington Bridge shine in a hopeful blaze. Lying on a mattress, eyes to the sky, Cassie floats up above the difficulties of the unfair world and flies to a height where she and her family are free to pursue their dreams.

With Tar Beach, preeminent artist Faith Ringgold has adapted one of her famous story quilts into an award-winning picture book. The images, which have a vibrant, youthful spirit, are bordered by patchwork patterns that summon the feel of the original quilt, and the book also includes a photo of the quilt in its entirety.

This inspiring book deals with complex issues of class and race in a sensitive and accessible way, while remaining a celebration of the transformative power of the imagination.

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Product Details

    • Grades: PreK - 2
    • Ages: 4 - 7
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 8 13/16" x 11 5/8"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-590-46381-2