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Tar Beach (Caldecott Honor Book) Hardcover – January 16, 1991
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Ringgold's depiction of an African American female greatly furthers the effectiveness of Tar Beach. Cassie is a strong young lady who will not rely on a prejudiced society to determine her future. Rather, she constantly creates her own ambitions, regardless of how radical or impractical they may seem. For instance, Cassie dreams of her father being rich, having a more respected job, and even owning The Union Building. The character of Cassie encourages limitless dreams, especially for young African American readers.
Cassie's model attitude is conveyed through her imagery-rich narrative that faces adversity head on. Her father is a blue-collar construction worker who must search for jobs in the winter. Society also excludes him from the privileges of union membership because he is "colored" and considered a "half-breed Indian." In addition, Cassie's family doesn't have much money.
Yet despite all this, Cassie says she feels "rich" from "lying on the roof in the night, with stars and skyscraper buildings all around [her].Read more ›
As neither of these things are likely, I found that there was a lot of peripheral information needed for a child of 9 to enjoy and understand the book. We looked at Faith Ringgold images on the net, especially her wonderful sculptures, so that one got the idea of who she is. I explained why a person building a bridge would be nicknamed a "half-breed indian" and what a "union" is and why that would be important. I was reading with a black child who recently arrived from her first home which was in England. She didn't know that African Americans were formerly known as colored, nor that there had been restrictions in America for African Americans (or in her case, British Americans of African origin). I probably should have begun with the Michael Venezia Book on Faith Ringgold which would have been more biographical in general, and then, later, to "Tar Beach" which was about the artist's relationship to that one work of art.
So, this is a good book, which needs adult guidance. The little girl for whom I bought the book liked it and it helped her understand how her grandpa, who now lives in Miami, grew up as a little boy in Harlem.
The name of the book I'm reading is Tar Beach,the author is Faith Ringold. The book is published by Dragontly books. There are 24 pages, the ages should be 8-10 years of age. The main character is a girl who dreams she can fly over many things. I don't know why the call it Tar Beach, because it is not really a beach at all. My cousin has a connection to the book, because he dreams he can fly to. My unanswered questions are dose her dad lose his job, and dose she ever dream of flying again after she gets in trouble from her dad? My least favorite thing is when they said her dad was going to lose is job. My most favorite thing is when she said she had ice cream every day for dessert. I like it because the girl has a good imagnain. The book I think should have 4 stars, because she helpped her father build thier house, help around the house, and help her mom make dinner. I think Faith Ringold should make a version two of this book and tell if her dad lost is job, and if they took down the icecream factory. The book is really good because she really exspress the characters feelings about where she lives, and what she lives like. Dad feels horrible when he finds out he is going losing his job. Mom says it is okay, because she is steal working and she gets a lot of money. The daughter is telling dad that mom is right. After a month or so Janet has to stop going to school. I think you should read this book. I think you would like it to. So go to the public library and check out Tar Beach!
This is not a book for kids under 10 and its not a casual story you can just read and then follow up with another (my kids and I will go through 2-3 books to kick back for fun before bed). This a book to be studied and discussed seriously, I just can't imagine a child enjoying it truly, not the actual text anyway. The art is pretty though, that is about it.
I bought this by mistake, I thought it was another story about a little girl enjoying playing on her tar covered roof.. I read it as a kid and loved it.. this aint it. And as a mutt breed with mixed kids of my own, this is not a book I will be keeping in my personal library, its getting donated tomorrow. There are better books for children that introduce these topics (racism etc) & those I do keep.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tar beach is the apartment rooftop that allows Cassie to dream. The vivid colors and prints on the quilts that border every page pay homage to the ancestors. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Deltareviewer
I love this book, I had it as a child and now I read it to my daughter. The illustrations are really amazing. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Alex
Reading the history and inspiration for this book is actually more interesting than reading the story itself, for me! But the story itself is still quite enjoyable. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dione Basseri
I love this book! I take it everywhere I go! I am a fifth generation textile artist. My family makes quilts and sews clothes. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Paula White
my favorite author my favorite artist. Great conceptual example.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer