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*Tar Beach* by Faith Ringgold
Also written and/or illustrated by Faith Ringgold:

The Three Witches
Tar Beach
by Faith Ringgold
Ages 3-8 32 pages Dragonfly Books December 2016 Paperback    

In 1939 Harlem, a little girl lies on her roof, dreaming about flying. She is smiling because, when she sees all the stars and skyscrapers around her, she feels rich. She is able to escape from her life in the tiny apartment and go wherever she likes.

She imagines a world where she can make her fatherís job easier and her mother happier. There would be ice cream for dessert and time for sleeping in late. While her parents and neighbors eat a meal of roast peanuts and chicken around the old green card table, the little girl teaches her younger brother Be Be the secret to flying.

Re-released on its 25th anniversary, this picture book is based on an autobiographical story quilt created by the author in 1988. The acrylic illustrations in the picture book are bordered by artwork from the original quilt. This Coretta Scott King Award-winning picture book shows how one family found beauty and peace in a big city during a time when African-Americans were often excluded from unions because of color.

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