We all have or need a special place where we can think or fantasize and our daydreams can come true.
A young girl dreams of flying above her Harlem home, claiming all she sees for herself and her family.
Everyone has a need for a special place where they can think and daydream. LeVar takes viewers up on the roof to a
“tar beach,” an urban oasis in the sky. A pigeon keeper and a rooftop gardener are interviewed and explain why they have
chosen their respective hobbies. LeVar tells about the George Washington Bridge constructed in 1928. Viewers are taken to
new heights as present day bridge workers explain their jobs.
Author: Faith Ringgold
Publisher: Crown Field
The George Washington Bridge – Explore this 40-story suspension bridge, trace the steel cables
from under the bridge to the tower and over the bridge to the other side. Meet bridge workers Bill Riley and Donna
Bruno as they go about their day working on the bridge.
Who’s On the Roof? – Meet Val Gerig and Danny Murray. Val gardens and Danny raises pigeons on
their rooftop. Danny lets his pigeons fly and whistles them home again.
Up on the Roof – Discover the sights and the many activities you can do on the roof!
Review Books – I’m Flying! by Alan Wade; On Grandma’s Roof by
Erica Silverman; To Sleep by James Sage.
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Use this episode to further enhance your math curriculum. Math Concepts: size, realtionships,
estimation, spatial concepts, geometric shapes, counting, money values.
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Ideal for Grades: K -4
Duration: 30 minutes