Tar Beach

Tar Beach

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Tar Beach is a children's picture book written and drawn by Faith Ringgold. It is part-fiction and part-autobiography and is centered on Ringgold's childhood dream to fly over the rooftops of a 1930s Harlem neighborhood.

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What the community says about Tar Beach

  • Keith Lee
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This is nice as it is part fiction and part autobiography. I think this is a great book for kids and has a very interesting story."
  • Jean Hart
    Written on March 11, 2018
    "This book comes in paperback and hardcover, a children's book about Self-Esteem & Self-Respect. The story is set in Harlem in 1939, part autobiographical, part fictional, this allegorical tale sparkles with symbolic and historical references central to African-American culture. "
  • Jennifer Henry
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "Tar Beach is a great choice by an amazing author. Anyone looking to enrich their African American child with literature that will resonate with them you've came across the right book."
  • Walter Duncan
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I very much enjoyed the color and textures of the artwork and enjoyed the story itself. To master one's own world by flying over it makes for a great story."
  • Brittany Woods
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "My friend has to had to deal with a fussy baby for several months now and finds it hard to get the baby to calm down and sleep at regular times. Ever since she started reading Tar Beach, children's picture book at bed time to her child, it has helped tremendously. The baby loves the book and the illustrations and falls off to sleep easily after reading it."
  • Matthew Ortiz
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "I love showing my kids multicultural books and this one is a great one done by a great artist."
  • Daniel Banks
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "I think the creation of this graphic "novel" was an act of love and great experience. There are many lessons here that will go well beyond what a young reader might grasp, and so it demands that the adult reading it to them step up and have a real conveation about what the book really means. This is a great life lesson for the child in thinking outside the box about what you're reading. This book is probably very important to the African American child in particular. "
  • Jacqueline Cruz
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "This book is amazing, and one of my favorites. This is a great book for school-aged children to read!"
  • Richard Sanchez
    Written on March 11, 2018
    "looks good for a kid to read"
  • Juan Stone
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "I wanted to get my 9 year-old daughter a book that would show something about the life of a young black girl in an earlier time in America. This book sheds light both into the black experience and the experience of living in Harlem in the 1930s. Highly recommended. "
  • Donald Chavez
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "seems to be good but never heard of it"
  • Teresa Magaña
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "It is a child's dream to fly for a lot, so this story is pretty easy to relate to. "
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