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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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A young person recounts their experience going to Tar Beach (the top of the apartment complex in the city that they live in) and gazing at the stars and imagining all the things that young people imagine. ( )
  phoenixcomet | Jul 17, 2023 |
Cassie flies above New York and reflects on her family and the city.
This is a great story for children to hear a perspective of the black experience.
  lily.parker | Feb 1, 2023 |
8 year old Cassie wants to be free to go wherever she would like. She uses her dreams to fly over the city to claim buildings and landmarks as her own. Flying is used as a beautiful metaphor for freedom. Book is set in 1939 Harlem. There is a great connection to the quilt created by Ringgold that inspired the book in the back of the book.
  SerenaC7 | Jan 11, 2023 |
Summary: Cassie dreams and flies through New York from her roof with her imagination with the crossover of reality where things are not going well.
  Yuping | Nov 30, 2022 |
Set in New York in 1939. Tar Beach is the roof of Cassie's Harlem
apartment building. Cassie's dearest dream is to be free to go wherever
she wants, and one day it comes true when the stars help her to fly across the city.
Tar Beach is unique in its use of literary innovations, particularly its combination
of various artforms such as quilt making, autobiography, and painting.[
As spoken by Faith Ringgold in an interview with cultural critic and
daughter Michele Wallace, Tar Beach was not written for children but
rather to recall the essence of childhood and invoke the memories associate with it.

Faith Ringgold, October 8, 1930 an American
painter, writer, mixed media sculptor, and performance artist,
best known for her narrative quilts.
  CarrieFortuneLibrary | Sep 9, 2022 |
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My first book is for my mother, Mme. Willi Posey, who took me to Tar Beach. And everywhere else. If she could be here now!

And for my three grandchildren, Faith, Theodora, and Martha. They are all strong readers and can fly.

And for my children, Michele and Barbara. They are women now. But I knew them when.

And for my husband, Burdette Ringgold, who keeps my feet on the ground. It was he who reminded me about Tar Beach after all these years.
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I will always remember when the stars fell down around me and lifted me up above the George Washington Bridge.
"I will always remember when the stars fell down around me and lifted me up above the George Washington Bridge."
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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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