Tar Beach

Faith Ringgold, Author Crown Books for Young Readers $18 (32p) ISBN 978-0-517-58030-1
``Quilt paintings''--acrylic on canvas paper, with fabric borders from Ringgold's story quilt of the same name--illustrate a Depression era girl's imaginative foray to heights from which she can see and therefore claim her world. Picnicking on the roof of her family's Harlem apartment building--a ``tar beach'' to which they bring fried chicken and roasted peanuts, watermelon and beer, and, not least, friends and laughter--Cassie pictures herself soaring above New York City: above the George Washington Bridge, which her father helped build; above the headquarters of the union that has denied him membership, because he's black; above the rooms in which they live. 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. Ages 4-8. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 01/14/1991
Release date: 01/01/1991
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-517-88544-4
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-7807-6856-7
Prebound-Glued - 32 pages - 978-0-613-01571-4
Hardcover - 978-0-517-58984-7
Prebound-Sewn - 32 pages - 978-0-606-10950-5
Library Binding - 32 pages - 978-0-517-58031-8
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