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Tar Beach

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2006

    Great Book

    This is a great book that can give students an idea of how a young african american girl felt when her family was disscrimated against. I also what to make a comment about the mom who had the book removed from the school library. We all go to parties, even family parties where there is beer. It is part of our culture and history. We do our children a great disservice when we present a view of the world and even history that is not true and accurate. This doesn't mean that we have to tell our children that it is okay for them to go out and get drunk. We present the information to them with a lesson and explaination and with our our values and morals. Our world and its history is not prefect and some of it is down right ugly. This book present some of that ugliness in a great book for young students.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2005

    A good imagination

    The little girl wants to fly in the air over the city. She dreams she is in the air with her good imagination. Her family doesn't have much money. In the end she and her brother go flying in the sky. You can go any where in a dream. I liked it because it had good pictures.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2004

    one of my daughter's favorite books

    This book inspired my daughter to dream, this and A Chair for My Mother were her favorites. I am buying her a new copy for the holidays as we lent this book out and it was never returned.We both enjoyed reading this book repeatedly. It's a wonderful book and the art work still etched in my mind 8 years later. My daughter is now sixteen and will truly appreciate a new copy of this beautiful book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2000

    Tar Beach Review

    In Faith Ringgold¿s Tar Beach, eight-year-old Cassie Louise Lightfoot expresses her wishes and dreams. The story takes place in 1939 on the tarred flat roof of her family¿s Harlem apartment building where her family and friends gather in the warm summer night air. While Cassie enjoys and appreciates her family, her boundless imagination transcends debilitating socioeconomic boundaries and allows her to feel self-confident and capable of anything. Through both the inspirational text and illustrations, Ringgold urges that life¿s circumstances, no matter how hurtful, should not be taken at face value. Instead, one¿s attitude can overcome and triumph over anything. 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].¿ She appreciates the surrounding beauty and fancifully talks of flying to those places she admires. She talks about the imaginative flights she takes, leaving the roof much like Peter Pan. This creative way that Cassie addresses her situations adds an unparalleled beauty to her life. For instance, she talks of flying over the George Washington Bridge and wearing it ¿like a giant diamond necklace.¿ Ringgold uses Cassie¿s narrative to inspire by first explaining the potential beauty that can be experienced, and then explaining, ¿it¿s very easy, anyone can fly. All you need is somewhere to go that you can¿t get to any other way.¿ To compliment the text, Ringgold created amazing illustrations using acrylic on canvas paper, which were designed to resemble a quilt. The creative and colorful illustrations further this idea of overcoming life¿s obstacles by beautifully depicting Cassie¿s flights over her home, surrounding skyscrapers, and the beloved bridge. Ringgold also uses a two-dimensional style to depict Cassie when she is flying. This adds a visual separation between real-life images and Cassie¿s surreal fantasies. Overall, the illustrations are bright and include many patterns and geometric shapes. These intricacies communicate the cheerful complexity of life. By transcending reality, Cassie is able to rise above her problems and feel triumphant and empowered. Tar Beach is an appealing and creative work which offers hope and encourages the continual search for beauty and self-empowerment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2000

    wonderfully written

    I thought this book was wonderful. Faith Ringgold does a great job with telling the story of this little girl. I think that this tells children that it is okay to daydream for their parents to have a better life or just to dream.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2000

    I can fly!

    This book was inspirational to my 9-year-old. He too shares Cassie's dream to fly. This is a book of hope and dreams and reminds us of the limitless ability of the imagination to empower children.

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    Posted July 30, 2009

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