Tar Beach

Bibliographical Information: Ringgold, F. (1991). Tar Beach. New York: Crown Publishers.

Brief Annotation: Cassie Lightfoot is a girl dreaming of flying over her neighborhood and imagining being the only one able to fly.  This story brings forth the hardships that people of the lower class in Harlem deal with.

Genre: Synthesizing

Grade Level: Kindergarten-3

Readers who will like this: I think this would be a great book to read in an inner city classroom or with children who do not have the perspective of a life outside the middle class.  This story is great for any elementary readers.

Rating/Response: 4 I think this book is a great representation of the situations that people faced in Harlem back in the day.  I think it encompasses not only the hardships but the belief of freedom and hope that things will change.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Have you ever wanted a super power?  What would it be and why?

Reading Strategy: Synthesizing

Rationale for Strategy: I chose to read this book because of the strange title.  I was confused as to what it was about and then read it and understood that it would be a great book to use for synthesizing because of the interesting title as well as the interesting pictures.  Readers are immediately questioning what is going to happen in the story even before opening the book.

Posted by: Brittany Billiet


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