Recommended Grade: P-K

In the classic and universal idea of mastering one’s world by flying over it, this autobiographical, fictional, African-American allegorical tale introduces the concept of a bird’s-eye (aerial) through the imagined adventure of eight-year-old Cassie Louise Lightfoot, who flies above her neighborhood’s rooftop – the “tar beach” of the title, looking down on 1939 Harlem.

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written and illustrated by Faith Ringgold
ISBN: 9780517885444