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THIS IS THE ROPE by Jacqueline Woodson

THIS IS THE ROPE

A Story From the Great Migration

By Jacqueline Woodson (Author) , James Ransome (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Aug. 29th, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-399-23986-1
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books

With great affection, a Brooklyn girl tells the story of her grandmother, mother and a rope that forms a bond across three generations.

When just a little girl in South Carolina, the grandmother finds a rope under a tree and uses it to play jump-rope. The rope becomes entwined in the family story as the grandparents, with a baby in their arms, move to Brooklyn, and that baby grows up to become mother to the narrator. Whether used for games, for tying down luggage on a car or for holding high a banner at a grand family reunion, the rope is treasured. Woodson, a Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor and Award winner, has crafted a warm family saga of a household united by love, pride and an uncommon heirloom. The repetition of the title in a nursery-rhyme style will resonate with young listeners. Ransome’s vivid, full-bleed, double-page–spread oil paintings create an upbeat, welcoming vista of rural South Carolina and urban Brooklyn. The sun-infused yellows on the cover beckon readers to open the book and savor the “long-ago memory of sweet-smelling pine.”

A quiet affirmation of a strong and close-knit family that, along with so many other African-Americans, found a better life as part of the Great Migration. (author’s note) (Picture book. 4-8)