Illus. in full color. Ringgold recounts the dream adventure ofeight-year-old Cassie Louise Lightfoot, who flies above her apartment-buildingrooftop, the 'tar beach' of the title, looking down on 1939 Harlem. Partautobiographical, part fictional, this allegorical tale sparkles with symbolicand historical references central to African-American culture. The spectacularartwork resonates with color and texture. Children will delight in theuniversal dream of mastering one's world by flying over it. A practical andstunningly beautiful book. --(starred) Horn Book.
Faith Ringgold was born in Harlem, but now divides her time between New Jersey and La Jolla, California. She is a professor of fine art at the University of California at San Diego, where she teaches for half of the year. An artist of international renown, Faith is best known for her story quilts -- works that combine painting, quilted fabric, and storytelling. Faith's first book for children, Tar Beach, was a Caldecott Honor Book, a winner of the Coretta Scott King Award for illustration, a Reading Rainbow featured selection, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book, and the recipient of numerous other honors, including a Parents Choice Gold Award. Faith is married to Burdette Ringgold and has two daughters, Michele and Barbara, and three granddaughters, Faith, Teddy and Martha.