Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky

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Crown, 1995 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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Illus. in full color. Cassie, who flew above New York in "Tar Beach,"
soars into the sky once more. This time, she and her brother Be Be meet a train
full of people, and Be Be joins them. But the train departs before Cassie can
climb aboard. With Harriet Tubman as her guide, Cassie retraces the steps
escaping slaves took on the real Underground Railroad and is finally reunited
with her brother at the story's end. "Cassie learns her people's history well;
so will readers of this impressive picture book. Ringgold's dynamic paintings
combine historical fact with strongly realized emotions."--(starred)
"Booklist." "Groundbreaking!"--(starred) "School Library Journal."

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A good book to illustrate the impact of the Underground Railroad, without having to address the more mature elements of its operation and the peril that came with its existence. Read full review

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Cassie and her brother Be Be meet a train full of people, and Be Be gets on but Cassie misses the train. Harriet Tubman guides her and they follow the steps of the slaves who escaped in the Underground Railroad and she finds Be Be. Slavery, History 1-4 Read full review

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About the author (1995)

Faith Ringgold was born in Harlem, but now divides her time between New Jersey and La Jolla, California.  She is a professor of fine art at the University of California at San Diego, where she teaches for half of the year.

An artist of international renown, Faith is best known for her story quilts -- works that combine painting, quilted fabric, and storytelling.

Faiths first book for children, Tar Beach, was a Caldecott Honor Book, a winner of the Coretta Scott King Award for illustration, a Reading Rainbow featured selection, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book, and the recipient of numerous other honors, including a Parents Choice Gold Award.

Faith is married to Burdette Ringgold and has two daughters, Michele and Barbara, and three granddaughters, Faith, Teddy and Martha.  

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