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Tar Beach

  • By Faith Ringgold
$5.79
($7.99)

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 Part autobiographical, part fictional, this allegorical tale sparkles with symbolic and historical references central to African-American culture.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

Faith Ringgold was born in Harlem, but now divides her time between New Jersey and La Jolla, California.  An artist of international renown, Faith is best known for her story quilts -- works that combine painting, quilted fabric, and storytelling.


Faith's first book for children, Tar Beach, was a Caldecott Honor Book, a winner of the Coretta Scott King Award for illustration, a Reading Rainbow featured selection, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book, and the recipient of numerous other honors, including a Parents Choice Gold Award.


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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 9780517885444
    • Manufacturer: Dragonfly Books
    • Language of Text: English
    • ISBN 13: 9780517885444
    • Publication Date: 12/01/1996
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: Faith Ringgold
    • Page Count: 1
    • Width: 9.22 inches
    • Height: 0.22 inches
    • Length: 11.64 inches
    • Weight: 0.39 pounds
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