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Cassie's Word Quilt

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In this 32-page lap book we join Cassie, the main character from the picture book Tar Beach. As she takes us on a tour of her home, neighborhood, and school, dozens of new words are introduced with simple labels throughout. Young readers will love the simple story line and all the new words they’ll encounter. They’ll relish the beautifully designed spreads, each with its own quilt motif. The bright, boldly colored pages will attract even the youngest lookers, and the words will teach pre-reading skills to ...

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In this 32-page lap book we join Cassie, the main character from the picture book Tar Beach. As she takes us on a tour of her home, neighborhood, and school, dozens of new words are introduced with simple labels throughout. Young readers will love the simple story line and all the new words they’ll encounter. They’ll relish the beautifully designed spreads, each with its own quilt motif. The bright, boldly colored pages will attract even the youngest lookers, and the words will teach pre-reading skills to slightly older children. The size makes it perfect for story hours, and the price makes it perfect for every home.

Names the people and objects that make a girl's New York City apartment, school, and neighborhood special.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“This is a wordbook, but much more. A wonderful vehicle for one-on-one sharing and classroom use.”—School Library Journal
“Vibrant and friendly, this will make pre-reading skill development fun.”—Booklist
Publishers Weekly
The heroine takes readers on a tour of her home, neighborhood and school, featuring Ringgold's signature quilting. Ages 3-6. (Jan.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Cassie of Tar Beach is back. Cassie's Word Quilt is "dedicated to all the children who are learning to use words and pictures to tell their story." Each page features Cassie in the middle of a bright quilt square surrounded by an elaborate border of detailed fabric. On the opposite page are words and pictures from the different parts of Cassie's life—family members at home; the quilt on the rooftop; mirror, lamp and fish inside the apartment; blanket, closet and book bag in her bedroom; swing, fruit stand, policeman and subway outside. Ringgold's trademark illustrations with their brilliantly painted colors and bold shapes fill each page with familiar home and city scenes. At the beginning and the end, all the upper and lower case letters of the alphabet are quilted onto a double-page spread. The book is perfect for expanding the reading or speaking vocabulary of young children while providing lots of opportunities for discussion and finding details in the larger pictures. The straightforward simplicity mixed with interesting detail is a model for older children to create stories about their own lives and homes in words and pictures. 2002, Dell Dragonfly, Ages 3 to 7.
—Karen Leggett
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-This is a wordbook, but much more. It is a lesson in the history and culture of New York City, 1939. Through Cassie, from Tar Beach (Crown, 1991), Ringgold presents a simple exploration of the child's life. In the well-patterned layout, readers see the roof of her apartment house, her bedroom, her block, her classroom, and her neighborhood. Two spreads introduce each area. One side of the first spread has a sentence such as, "Cassie's school is a good place to learn and have fun." The opposite side has a second explanatory sentence above a block of nine labeled pictures, laid out like a small quilt, that show things in the school, like "Classmates," "Teacher," and "Apple." The next spread takes those nine words and puts them into the classroom, so that students, the teacher, the apple, and the six other words reappear in that spread in action. The era and place come to life in Ringgold's boldly colored, heavily outlined paintings that show busy streets, Cassie's orderly multiracial classroom, the details of her neighborhood such as the grocer selling a quart of milk for six cents, a horse-drawn fruit stand, and a hand-pushed ice cart. Sentences and vocabulary are simple enough for beginning readers to handle on their own, but the book is also a wonderful vehicle for one-on-one sharing and classroom use.-Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Cassie, the main character of Ringgold's beloved Tar Beach (1999) and two related board books, appears here in a large-format work designed for toddlers and preschoolers (and ESL students) who are learning to name objects and people. The format alternates between three types of pages: a central illustration from the Tar Beach world with one simple descriptive sentence, all framed with one of Ringgold's glorious quilt-square borders; a simple sentence followed by a nine-block grid of labeled single objects and people; and a double-page spread incorporating those single objects and characters into a neighborhood scene with additional labels. These one-word labels are all capitalized, which is unfortunate from an educational standpoint, as the groundwork is being laid with prereaders for conventions of print such as capitalizing proper nouns and the first word of complete sentences. Despite this drawback, Ringgold's many fans will welcome another story about Cassie, and this title serves as a bridge between the Cassie board books and the more complex Tar Beach. Eye-catching endpapers with a bright alphabet-block quilt design provide another way for young children to practice their prereading skills. (Picture book. 1-4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553112337
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 1/13/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 371,519
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.74 (w) x 9.97 (h) x 0.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Short is a division director at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) in Washington, D.C. She has worked as a teacher, trainer, researcher, and curriculum/materials developer. Her work at CAL has concentrated on the integration of language learning with content-area instruction. Through several national projects, she has conducted research and provided professional development and technical assistance to local and state education agencies across the United States. She directed the ESL Standards and Assessment Project for TESOL and co-developed the SIOP model for sheltered instruction.

Dr. Tinajero specializes in staff development and school-university partnership programs and has consulted with school districts in the U.S. to design ESL, bilingual, literacy, and bi-literacy programs. She has served on state and national advisory committees for standards development, including the English as a New Language Advisory Panel of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards and the Texas Reading Academies. She is currently professor of Education and Interim Dean of the College of Education at the University of Texas at El Paso and was President of the National Association for Bilingual Education, 1997-2000.

Dr. Schifini assists schools across the nation and around the world in developing comprehensive language and literacy programs for English learners. He has worked as an ESL teacher, reading specialist, school administrator and university professor. Through an arrangement with California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, Dr. Schifini currently serves as program consultant to two large teacher-training efforts in the area of reading for second language speakers of English. His research interests include early literacy and language development and the integration of language and content-area instruction.

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