Cassie's Word Quilt

Cassie's Word Quilt

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by Faith Ringgold
     
 

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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

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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.

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:
01/13/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
269,484
Product dimensions:
8.74(w) x 9.97(h) x 0.14(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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A lap book that invites the youngest readers to point-and-say all the people, places, and things in the urban landscape of the award-winning Tar Beach.

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