Author: Faith Ringold

Publisher: Crown Publishers, Inc.

Description: Faith Ringgold's Tar Beach, read by Ruby Dee, takes viewers up on the roof to a tar beach, an urban oasis in the sky. A celebration of life above the city profiles a pigeon keeper and a rooftop gardener. And a soaring tribute to the George Washington Bridge takes viewers to new heights.

Activity Suggestion: On a map of New York state first locate New York City, then Manhattan and finally the George Washington Bridge (which connects New Jersey and New York). This bridge was built in 1931 and is one of the first suspension bridges in the United States.

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