Tar Beach

Bibliographic Information: Ringgold, Faith. Tar Beach. New York: Crown, 1991.

Brief Annotation: Cassie Louise Lightfoot imagines herself flying over the city. She feels free and rich owning anything she flies over. She calls the George Washington Bridge, the Ice Cream Factory, and the Union Building her own. She plans to give the Union Building to her dad for him to own, then he won’t have to search for work and her family can live happily.

Genre: Fantasy

Grade Level: 1-2

Readers who will like this: Students who have a big imagination will enjoy this book. Tar Beach explores the creativity and imagination of an eight year old.

Rating/Response: 2. Tar Beach was an interesting story of an eight-year-old girl. I enjoyed the unique story line and the colorful illustrations.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Where would you go if you were able to fly?

Reading Strategy: Making Inferences

Rationale for Strategy: Students will explore the process of making inferences when reading Tar Beach. Students can predict where Cassie is going and understand why.

Posted by: Kelsey Peterson


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