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This is the rope a story from the Great Migration

by Woodson, Jacqueline,

Format: Kindle Book 2013 2013
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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.
Story with page-turn signals
Story without page-turn signals
Author's note read by Jacqueline Woodson

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "A little African American girl skips rope back home in South Carolina in the mid-twentieth century. When she is grown, with a husband and a baby girl, she uses that rope to tie up their belongings as they move to New York City. A few years later, it becomes a skipping rope for her little girl. And when she grows up, her father uses it to tie up her belongings for the drive to college. Later, she marries and has a little girl of her own, who skips rope in Brooklyn. That child narrates this intergenerational family story, which (in an author's note) Woodson relates to the Great Migration. Expressive oil paintings illustrate the clean, well-cadenced text in scenes that include well-researched period details. Although it is difficult to convey the passage of so much time in a 32-page picture book, and children may have trouble keeping track of the generations, there's no doubt of the warmth and strength of the family ties that bind these individuals together. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY-- Woodson and Ransome both have huge followings who will be interested in what this collaboration has produced.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Woodson's (Each Kindness) gentle, unpretentious writing and Ransome's eloquent artwork breathe life into this story of a close-knit African-American family and their pursuit of a better life. The rope of the title is used over and over, tying luggage to the family station wagon when they leave South Carolina, airing diapers outside their new Brooklyn apartment, serving as a jump rope for the narrator's mother as a girl, then securing boxes as she later goes off to college. Ransome (Light in the Darkness) pays close attention to the details of life in 1970s and '80s Brooklyn, from the posters on a bedroom wall and silverware drying by the sink to the dubious expressions of the neighborhood preteens as they survey the new girl. The rope that unites the family then passes to a new generation, as the narrator learns how to jump rope, "right here in Brooklyn, just last Friday night." The chronicle of a homely object in an age of disposables and the sense of place Woodson and Ransome evoke make this an especially strong and vibrant fictive memoir. Ages 5-8. Author's agent: Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects African Americans Migrations Juvenile fiction
African Americans History Juvenile fiction
African Americans Migrations Fiction
African Americans History Fiction
Families Fiction
Rope Fiction
Juvenile Literature
Juvenile Fiction
Picture Book Fiction
Picture books for children.
Electronic books.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Penguin Young Readers Group2013
Contributors Ransome, James, illustrator.
OverDrive, Inc.
Audience Elementary Grade.
AD 1090
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Format: Kindle Book
Format: OverDrive Read
Requires Amazon Kindle
Description 1 online resource
ISBN 9781984812179
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