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Tar Beach

Author: Faith Ringgold
Publisher: New York, NY : Crown Publishers, Inc., [1991] ©1991
Series: Families All Matter.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : Juvenile audience : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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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 story of the same name.
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Genre/Form: Children's stories
Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winners
Reading Rainbow book
Picture books
Fiction
Juvenile works
Review copies (Printing)
Novels
Authors' autographs (Provenance)
Dust jackets (Bindings)
Juvenile literature
Juvenile fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ringgold, Faith.
Tar Beach.
New York : Crown Publishers, ©1991
(OCoLC)555617321
Online version:
Ringgold, Faith.
Tar Beach.
New York : Crown Publishers, ©1991
(OCoLC)607859370
Material Type: Fiction, Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Faith Ringgold
ISBN: 0517580306 9780517580301 0517580314 9780517580318 0517599619 9780517599617 0517885441 9780517885444 9780780768567 0780768566 0606109501 9780606109505
OCLC Number: 22002688
Notes: Art techniques used: Vibrant paintings in the native style of african american folk art. Includes swatches of fabric pointing to the quilt story it's based on.
Awards: Coretta Scott King Award, 1992.
Caldecott Honor Book, 1992.
Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Book Award, 1993.
Target Audience: AD790L
Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 32 cm.
Series Title: Families All Matter.
Responsibility: Faith Ringgold.
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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 story of the same name.

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 Part autobiographical, part fictional, this allegorical tale sparkles with symbolic and historical references central to African-American culture.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.

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A work of art

by Lmcshane (WorldCat user published 2009-05-01) Excellent Permalink

I tell students that art is anything done well and this book is storytelling at its best.  Faith Ringgold weaves a tapestry of poetry, history, memory, art, hope, imagination and dreams.  Every year, I use Tar Beach to engage second and third graders to appreciate their lives and...
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by piñata (WorldCat user published 2008-06-12) Good Permalink

Great book.  I love to read this with my kids.  They like the pictures and the imagination in the story.  Also like the fact that it is based on a quilt and their grandmother does a lot of quilting so they have a personal tie to the book.

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Great pictures raise good questions

by bobrobboy (WorldCat user published 2008-09-03) Good Permalink

Great Pictures

This is one of our more interesting picture books.  Tar Beach presents a lot of questions, like why can't her father join the union and what is a half-breed.  My sons usually ask "Why" a lot while reading this book.  Reading it is a good...
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