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This Is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration

by Jacqueline Woodson
Illustrated by James Ransome

Published by Nancy Paulsen Books, 2013
32 pages
ISBN: 978-0-399-23986-1

Ages 5-8

When is a rope something more than a rope? When itís a toy a child jumps with, and a tether to fasten belongings to the roof of a car. When itís a line for drying freshly washed diapers in a big-city apartment, and the means for starting new friendships, with jumping again. When it secures a young womanís belongings as she heads off to college, and when itís the heart of a story that ties one generation to the next. Jacqueline Woodson pays tribute to the generations of her own family and of countless African American families who journeyed north as part of the Great Migration, following dreams and establishing new lives while never losing sight of the past, in a narrative voiced by a contemporary child who recounts how the worn, frayed rope she has grown up with is part of her familyís history. The finely paced, lyrical narrative is paired with shining illustrations by James Ransome. Honor Book, 2014 Charlotte Zolotow Award  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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