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About the BookCassie Lightfoot, a black girl growing up in Harlem in the 1930s, has a dream--to be free to go wherever she wants for the rest of her life. One night, up on "Tar Beach"--the rooftop of her family's apartment building--her dream comes true. The stars lift her up, and she flies over the city, claiming everything she sees as her own. Full-color illustrations.
Book SynopsisCORETTA SCOTT KING AWARD WINNER - CALDECOTT HONOR BOOK - A NEW YORK TIMES BEST ILLUSTRATED BOOK
Acclaimed artist Faith Ringgold seamless weaves fiction, autobiography, and African American history into a magical story that resonates with the universal wish for freedom, and will be cherished for generations. Cassie Louise Lightfoot has a dream: to be free to go wherever she wants for the rest of her life. One night, up on "tar beach," the rooftop of her family's Harlem apartment building, her dreams come true. The stars lift her up, and she flies over the city, claiming the buildings and the city as her own. As Cassie learns, anyone can fly. "All you need is somewhere to go you can't get to any other way. The next thing you know, you're flying among the stars."
"This allegorical tale sparkles with symbolic and historical references central to African-American culture.... A practical and stunningly beautiful book."--Horn Book, starred review "The triumphant soaring of imagination over reality is beautifully expressed in Ringgold's bold, vibrant paintings....Beautiful, innovative, and full of the joy of one unconquerable soul." --Kirkus Reviews
"Ringgold's strong figures and flattened perspective bring a distinctive magic to this dreamy and yet wonderfully concrete vision, narrated in poetic cadences that capture the language and feel of flight." --Publishers Weekly
About the AuthorFaith Ringgold was born in Harlem in 1930. She received a degree in art education from the City College of New York and was an art teacher long before she became a professional artist. She is best known for her painted story quilts, some of which hang in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Tar Beach, Ringgold's first book for children, won the Coretta Scott King Award for illustration and was named a Caldecott honor Book. Her other picture books include Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky, My Dream of Martin Luther King, Cassie's Word Quilt, and We Came to America. Learn more about Faith at faithringgold.com
Dimensions (Overall): 12.2 Inches (H) x 9.5 Inches (W) x .6 Inches (D)
Weight: 1.2 Pounds
Suggested Age: 5-8 Years
Number of Pages: 32
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: Social Themes
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Author: Faith Ringgold
Street Date: January 16, 1991
Item Number (DPCI): 247-03-3676
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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