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Tar Beach (1991)

by Faith Ringgold

Series: Cassie

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A young girl dreams of flying above her Harlem home, claiming all she sees for herself and her family. Based on the author's quilt painting of the same name.

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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
This book was amazing in all of the elements it has to offer. The imagination that the author sets you into is mind-blowing and felt very personable. I loved the adventure aspect that the author takes the reader on. The voice and language of the story is great for a variety of readers as it is not too complex but can be analyzed in a deeper context if needed. The multicultural aspect of this book falls back on the main characters African American roots. A beautiful book involving family and love for the world. ( )
  krobin41 | Mar 24, 2020 |
Set in 1939, Tar Beach tells the story of Cassie, an eight-year-old who gets the ability to fly. We're introduced to her family and neighborhood (Harlem)). The book also mentions how despite her father's hard work, he is still banned from a workers union. The book does a great job of combining. elements of fantasy and reality. ( )
  ebrossette | Feb 5, 2020 |
Cassie is an 8-year-old African American girl in Harlem, who dreams as she sleeps on the roof of her apartment building. The roof is her 'Tar Beach'. She imagines herself flying, and in her mind, she can do anything and own anything she wants. Although she isn't rich in the traditional sense, she is very imaginative, creative, and loves her home. She dreams of making her family's life a better one. This story, in my opinion, can help kids realize that life is all about perspective and appreciating those around you, and determination and creativity is everything. I thought this story was fresh and inspirational, and I liked Cassie's spirit. She may be young, but she doesn't let anything hold her back from her dreams. ( )
  CMcGinnis | Jan 30, 2020 |
This book is told from a perspective of a child living with her family in Harlem. She describes lying on the roof (the tar beach) and imagines flying over the city and lifting her family out of poverty. There is some racial inequality issues described in the book (her dad can't join the union due to his father not being a members refers to racial segregation) that could be a good teaching aspect with students. The pictures really make this book shine. The book was initially create as a quilt for a museum and the quilt design is replicated on the edges of the pages. The story line at times seems a little disjointed and seems like it would be hard for younger children to follow. ( )
  KristinaGr | Jan 25, 2020 |
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A young girl dreams of flying above her Harlem home, claiming all she sees for herself and her family. Based on the author's quilt painting of the same name.

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