Search Results: "Faith Ringgold"


BOOK REVIEW

HARLEM RENAISSANCE PARTY by Faith Ringgold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Black pride is strong in this homage. (Harlem Renaissance glossary, further reading) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Harlem Airlines flies a boy and his uncle back in time to a fanciful grand parade on Seventh Avenue, where they meet and greet a star-studded lineup of African-American luminaries. Read full book review >

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TAR BEACH by Faith Ringgold
Released: Feb. 10, 1991

"Beautiful, innovative, and full of the joy of one unconquerable soul."
A Harlem-born artist expands on one of her distinctive "quilt paintings" to create a marvelously evocative book that draws on her own imaginative life as a child. Read full book review >

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CASSIE’S WORLD QUILT by Faith Ringgold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Eye-catching endpapers with a bright alphabet-block quilt design provide another way for young children to practice their prereading skills. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Cassie, the main character of Ringgold's beloved Tar Beach (1999) and two related board books, appears here in a large-format work designed for toddlers and preschoolers (and ESL students) who are learning to name objects and people. Read full book review >

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AUNT HARRIET'S UNDERGROUND RAILROAD IN THE SKY by Faith Ringgold
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Historical note; brief bibliography. (Picture book. 4+)"
Cassie Lightfoot, whose soaring journey in Tar Beach (1991) garnered a Caldecott Honor, flies again. Read full book review >

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WE CAME TO AMERICA by Faith Ringgold
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2016

"In today's complex world, this book offers a humbling reminder about our arduous histories, though it has significant gaps.(Picture book. 5-7)"
A heartfelt U.S. history lesson that's less about our differences and more about how "We are ALL Americans, / Just the same." Read full book review >

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BONJOUR, LONNIE by Faith Ringgold
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"The complicated, though well-intentioned, story, with its layers of history and magical realism, may elude younger readers and leave older ones confused. (glossary, bibliography) (Picture book. 6-10)"
Lush, deeply imagined paintings can't quite carry the didactic storyline in this tale from the creator of My Dream of Martin Luther King (1995). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TAR BEACH by Faith Ringgold
Released: Feb. 10, 1990

A Harlem-born artist expands on one of her distinctive "quilt paintings" to create a marvelously evocative book that draws on her own imaginative life as a child. Read full book review >

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MY DREAM OF MARTIN LUTHER KING by Faith Ringgold
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"This is her most accessible work since Tar Beach (1991), much less moiled and private than Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky (1992). (chronology) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
Ringgold embroiders her vision of King's life and message with scenes from a dream the narrator has had: Young Martin is turned away from a white school, gets caught up in a civil rights demonstration and is jailed, and marches with his parents in front of a huge crowd, all carrying bags of ``prejudice, ignorance, hate, violence and fear, which they intended to trade for hope, freedom, peace, awareness and love.'' She notes that ``some people had bigger bags than others, but everybody had something to trade.'' Her dream ends at King's funeral, with those bags in a huge pyre. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DINNER AT AUNT CONNIE'S HOUSE by Faith Ringgold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 1993

A history lesson introducing 12 notable African-American women (Rosa Parks, Mary McLeod Bethune, Zora Neale Hurston, et al.) in the guise of a story about a special family dinner: 12 portraits in the hostess's attic come magically to life and speak to the nine- year-old narrator. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE INVISIBLE PRINCESS by Faith Ringgold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Ringgold (Bonjour, Lonnie, 1996, etc.) loads the story—more fable-like than any of her previous works—with lessons of forgiveness, while the Invisible Princess shines beatifically in turbulent, strongly colored illustrations. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Echoes of the title story in Virginia Hamilton's The People Could Fly (1985) reverberate through this original tale of a hidden child of slavery leading her people to freedom. Read full book review >

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O HOLY NIGHT by Faith Ringgold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Includes a CD of the Harlem Boys Choir singing the carols in the same order as the text. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Sumptuous gold and brilliant jewel tones are the palette for this visually arresting collection of traditional Christmas carols illustrated in Ringgold's distinctive style. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"All the events are depicted in emotive naive artwork that underscores their truth; Ringgold delivers Parks's story without hyperbole, but rather as a life lived with pride, conviction, and consequence. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
Ringgold's biography of Rosa Parks packs substantial material into a few pages, but with a light touch, and with the ring of authenticity that gives her act of weary resistance all the respect it deserves. Read full book review >