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Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold
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Tar Beach (1991)

by Faith Ringgold

Series: Cassie

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Tar beach is the roof top of a little girls apartment building in New York City. The life of this girl and trials her father went through is displayed in colorful paintings. Her father works in construction and is not in the union because he is colored or a half-breed Indian. The family has struggles with money but the little girl wants her family to be comfortable and happy. The book comes from a story quilt and the authors life.
  mefellers | Aug 8, 2015 |
This book talks about the different types of lifestyles that people have. It helps for them to be themselves and try hard. ( )
  Kelsly93 | Apr 29, 2015 |
This is a great book to introduce different cultures in a classroom and because of the deep message that the story contains. It is a mixture about someone's real life, mixed with fantasy of their dreams, but gives readers the hope that the can explore life through books. It is motivating for students to enjoy the art that reading is.
  mmg020 | Apr 27, 2015 |
This book is good for students to learn about people and how everyone lives a different life at home. It also inspires children to imagine and be creative. Never give up. ( )
  chretaylor | Apr 20, 2015 |
Summary:
A young girl feels free and happy as she flies around her city, bridge and home. The story is completely through her eyes. She feels like the city and buildings are a part of her since she has experienced it her whole life. She loves her family and wants to give them everything.

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I loved the illustrations and how it showed a sense of family in each picture.

Classroom Extension:
1) Draw a picture of themselves flying above their favorite places.
2) Write about a dream. ( )
  SarahMoore | Mar 25, 2015 |
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"I will always remember when the stars fell down around me and lifted me up above the George Washington Bridge."
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0517885441, Paperback)

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.  

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:07:22 -0400)

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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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