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Tar Beach

Ringgold, Faith (Book - 1996 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Tar Beach
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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.
Authors: Ringgold, Faith
Title: Tar Beach
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, 1996,1991
Edition: 1st Dragonfly ed
Characteristics: [32] p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 32 cm
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 0517885441
0517580314
0517580306
Branch Call Number: FICTION Rin
Statement of Responsibility: Faith Ringgold
Subject Headings: Harlem (New York, N.Y.) Fiction Flight Fiction African Americans Fiction
Topical Term: Flight
African Americans
LCCN: 90040410
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Nov 04, 2013
  • churchstreader rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is beautiful, one of my favorites. The dream like quality of the text's rhythm evokes perfectly the feeling of those summer nights as a child, the child's view of her parents, the hopes the dreams. I just love this book. I grew up near NY though, lived in city apartments as a child, and before most of us of modest means had air conditioning, so I can easily summon up the images of a tar beach and why you'd go up to the roof to play cards and sleep on a hot summer's night ; not sure if it would resonate as much for country dwellers. Lovely lovely book.

Sep 16, 2007
  • Japanda rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I love this book because it reflects real life along with a little girl's dreams of it.

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