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This Is the Rope: A Story From the Great Migration Hardcover – August 29, 2013


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 1090L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books (August 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399239863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399239861
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

K-Gr 3-A utilitarian rope-now a toy, now a clothesline, now a fastening cord-ties together this lyrical multigenerational story of one family's experience leaving the South for greater opportunities up North. Woodson's text and Ransome's warm, lived-in oils begin in the sweet expanse of South Carolina, the rich rural landscape contrasted with the busy, populous images of the family's new stone-and-concrete neighborhood in Brooklyn. Every page turn reveals the titular phrase again, but the repetition does not weary as the family thrives and evolves in great leaps and short steps. Significant episodes like the arrival of a baby or the beginning of college unfold in meaningful text and blend with fine splashes of humor; one surprisingly dynamic and evocative spread shows a teenager's room-Prince poster on the wall, Michael Jackson albums scattered on the bed-and the shadow of a mischievous younger brother dashing down the hallway with the rope, needed for "some crazy game that little boys play." An author's note offers a brief familial history as well as a few lines about the Great Migration and supports the text as a resounding affirmation of the journey made by more than six million African Americans in search of change. With characteristic grace and a knack for the right detail, Woodson and Ransome have provided a pleasing portrait of one loving family in the midst of a movement.-Robbin E. Friedman, Chappaqua Library, NYα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

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. Grades 1-3. --Carolyn Phelan

More About the Author

Jacqueline Woodson's awards include 3 Newbery Honors, a Coretta Scott King Award and 3 Coretta Scott King Honors, 2 National Book Awards, a Margaret A. Edwards Award and an ALAN Award -- both for Lifetime Achievement in YA Literature. She is the author of more than 2 dozen books for children and young adults and lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York

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It is beautifully written and the illustrations are works of art.
A. Goldstein
My 5 year old asked me to read this to him every night for a whole week!
MMead
This is another one of Woodson's insightful stories with many themes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MMead on October 3, 2013
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This is a beautiful story of one African -American family's migration from the south to a northern city. The rhythm of the language & the illustrations combine to make poetry out of a history lesson. My 5 year old asked me to read this to him every night for a whole week!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Teacher on January 2, 2014
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Beyond James Ransome's wonderful illustrations, Woodson tells a story of a family as it grows and moves from North Carolina to Brooklyn. The common 'thread' tying the generations together is actually a rope - one grandmother skips with, father ties luggage to the car roof, mother hangs clothes on the line, etc.. It's a title young students can relate to, about things that connect us to our families, and ends appropriately with a family reunion. It also shows the tenor of the times, when African-Americans moved in droves from the South to Northern communities where opportunities were more plentiful. A great read-aloud, and use for teaching concepts and themes about families and generational ties.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Goldstein on October 25, 2013
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Our 7-year-old twins love this story. It is beautifully written and the illustrations are works of art. They have a Ben Shahn quality to them. Well worth the purchase.
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This is a very nicely done story using a simple rope to tie together multiple generations and gently teach history. The rope is initially found under a tree, which brings up horrific thoughts in the reader's mind, but there is absolutely no recognition of this by the child in the story, or the listening child. The illustrations are beautifully done, making the book worth having for the pictures alone!
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This is another one of Woodson's insightful stories with many themes. My 5th grade class will preview it next week. They love all her other books and are excited about the newest book. The storyline and illustrations are beautiful. Woodson is a masterful storyteller with simple, poignant themes about families. You will not be disappointed.
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By Daily Lamma on February 25, 2014
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There is something captivating about this book. It is the story of a family's move and evolution told through the story of a rope. It is uplifting and although simple, incredibly deep and moving.
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