Illus. in full color. "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 Part autobiographical, part fictional, this allegorical tale sparkles with symbolic and historical references central to African-American culture.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. A practical and stunningly beautiful book."--(starred) Horn Book.
WINNER 1991 - School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
WINNER 1991 - Booklist Books for Youth Editors' Choice
WINNER 1991 - Library of Congress Children's Books of the Year
WINNER 1991 - Horn Book Fanfare
WINNER 1991 - New York Times Best Illustrated Book
WINNER 1991 - New York Times Notable Book
WINNER 1991 - Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book
WINNER 1991 - Reading Rainbow Feature Books
WINNER 1992 - Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award
WINNER 1992 - Caldecott Honor Book
WINNER 1992 - National Parenting Publications Award (NAPPA)
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.