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What We're Reading: Tar Beach

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February is Black History Month, and to pay tribute we wanted to feature one of our favorite stories, which just happens to center around a strong African American girl and her family.  Each Wednesday in February we'll be featuring a story that celebrates Black History.  For even more inspiration, head over to A Mighty Girl's website.  All month long they are featuring stories of historical and contemporary black mighty girls. Books_in_Portland_tar_beach

Winner of Coretta Scott King Award and a Caldecott Honor Book, this book is simply, in a word: stunning.  This moving story is told with illustrations that were created by painting on a quilt.  Cassie Marie Lightfoot, eight years old in 1939, has a dream to be free to go wherever she wants to go.  She remembers one night while sleeping on her rooftop in Harlem (Tar Beach as she calls it), her dream came true and the stars fell down around her, lifted her above the George Washington Bridge and flew her to all the places she wanted to see.  In Tar Beach, Ringold weaves together autobiography, fictional narrative and African-American history in one must-read book. 5 +

Have a dream filled day!

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