This is the Rope

By Jacqueline Woodson

This is the rope book cover

Illustrated By James Ransome

Added May 3, 2015

When a little girl in South Carolina finds a rope under a tree, she has no idea it 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. Readers follow the little girl’s journey north during the time of the Great Migration, when millions of African American families relocated from the South, seeking better opportunities.   In addition to the toolkit, a parent tipsheet is also available. Designed for parents and caregivers, and sized to tuck into the book, the tipsheet features simple activities to engage young children in talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing.   Visit Jacqueline Woodson’s official website. Book jacket image and book description courtesy Penguin Young Readers Group. Used with permission.

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