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This Is the Rope: A Story From the Great…

This Is the Rope: A Story From the Great Migration

by Jacqueline Woodson

Other authors: James Ransome (Illustrator)

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I loved the illustrations; they looked beautiful! My favorite illustration was when her brother stole the family rope from her; you could see his shadow holding the rope and sneaking out of her room. I also enjoyed how Woodson included three generations of girls grow up and still love this rope! It shows how something like a rope can be handed down through generations of family and still be valuable and loved. I also found it interesting how the last words of the book and the first words of the book are talking about the grandmother and how she's enjoying the "sweet-smelling pine." ( )
  nomerbasic | Nov 16, 2018 |
This book would be good to use with second or third graders for a read aloud and then an activity. The narrator, a young girl, tells the story behind a rope that has been in her family for a long, long time. Every page begins with "This is the rope" and some memory behind it throughout time in her family. I think this book would be good to teach children the importance objects can have in a family as well as traditions. I would do this as a shared reading and then teach text connections to the students with it. I think this story is great for making text-to-self connections by having students pick out an object that has importance to them or their family and then writing about all the reasons why they say that.
  ksmole1 | Nov 13, 2018 |
This book would be best first or second grade. This is the Rope is about a little girl who is from South Carolina and finds a rope under a tree one summer day. In the story the little girls family moves North and the rope she founds follows them to New York. The rope is said to be from past members in her family and is reused during her travel to New York. This is a great book to read during the month of February because the little girl shows to be the same age as 1st and 2nd grades, which they could relate to her activities playing. ( )
  RosaPerez | Sep 19, 2018 |
This book is about a young African American girl who has a rope that has been passed down to her from generations to generations. The rope has been used for many different things. The reader can see all of the years the rope has been through. This can help bring up a topic of how the years and traditions have changed throughout the years. This book can be used for second through fifth grade. ( )
  LyndsayGagner | Apr 23, 2018 |
This is a story about a girl and her family during and after the Great Migration. The book begins with a rope being tied around a car that her grandparents use to hold their belongings as they travel from South Carolina to New York City. The story goes on about the different useful ways that the rope has been used over the years by the narrators mother as a girl and then herself. The rope ties the families together through a shared history. I enjoyed this book a lot because it has such a strong theme that a lot of us can relate to in some one. This book could be used to teach symbolism and is appropriate for upper grade levels such as third through fifth grade. ( )
  LauraRothfuss | Apr 22, 2018 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399239863, Hardcover)

The story of one family’s journey north during the Great Migration starts with a little girl in South Carolina who finds a rope under a tree one summer. She has no idea the rope will become part of her family’s history. But for three generations, that rope is passed down, used for everything from jump rope games to tying suitcases onto a car for the big move north to New York City, and even for a family reunion where that first little girl is now a grandmother.

Newbery Honor–winning author Jacqueline Woodson and Coretta Scott King Award–winning illustrator James Ransome use the rope to frame a thoughtful and moving story as readers follow the little girl’s journey. During the time of the Great Migration, millions of African American families relocated from the South, seeking better opportunities. With grace and poignancy, Woodson’s lilting storytelling and Ransome’s masterful oil paintings of country and city life tell a rich story of a family adapting to change as they hold on to the past and embrace the future.

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A rope passed down through the generations frames an African American family's story as they journey north during the time of the Great Migration.

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