Cassie Louise Lightfoot has a dream: to be free to go wherever she wants for the rest of her life. One night, up on "Tar Beach" — the rooftop of her family's Harlem apartment building — her dream comes true. The stars lift her up, and Cassie Louise Lightfoot is flying over the city, claiming everything she sees as her own.
Praise for Tar Beach
"A book of joy...hope and beauty." — Oakland Tribune
"Intense in color and feeling, this is an exultant tale of freedom and power." — Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Exuberant and richly colored... There's an air of triumph in Ms. Ringgold's vision. — New York Times
"A book that may make you cry, or at the very least will genuinely inspire." — Los Angeles Times
A Caldecott Honor Book Winner of the Coretta Scott King Award A New York Times Best Illustrated Book Winner of the Parents' Choice Gold Award