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For teaching symbolism, family or generational themes,
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This review is from: This Is the Rope: A Story From the Great Migration (Hardcover)
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.