Tar Beach is a children’s book written and illustrated by Faith Ringgold. The story is about a young girl named Cassie Louise Lightfoot, who lives in Harlem with her family. One summer night, Cassie and her family go up to the roof of their apartment building, which Cassie calls “tar beach,” to escape the heat. As Cassie lies on the tar, she imagines that she can fly and travels across New York City, visiting famous landmarks and imagining a world where she is free from the limitations of her everyday life.
The book deals with themes of freedom, imagination, and African-American history and culture. It is notable for its use of Ringgold’s painted quilts as illustrations, which incorporate traditional African-American quilt-making techniques and serve as a tribute to the history and traditions of the black community.
This comprehension and activity guide is based on the beautifully written and illustrated book, Tar Beach, written by Faith Ringgold. It is the story of a girl who imagines that she can fly. She wants to be free to go wherever she wants. It includes a link to the story being read aloud by the author herself.
This packet includes before reading and after reading activities.
. comprehension questions
. a culminating art project of a class quilt based on this story.
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