About the Book
Ringgold recounts the dream adventure of eight-year-old Cassie Louise Lightfoot, who flies above her apartment-building rooftop, the ‘tar beach’ of the title, looking down on 1939 Harlem. Part autobiographical, part fictional, this allegorical tale sparkles with symbolic and historical references central to African-American culture. The spectacular artwork resonates with color and texture. Children will delight in the universal dream of mastering one’s world by flying over it.
- Where would you go if you could fly to any special place?
- Who would you bring with you?
- What patterns make you think of home?
- Markers, color pencils, and/or crayons
- Paper (2–4 sheets)
- Ruler (optional)