A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Readers will learn a bit about the 20th century Great Migration from 1910 to 1970, when more than 6 million African Americans came to northern cities from the rural South to improve their lives. The book also shows ingenious examples of the many ways a bit of rope can be used.
Shows the determination of a family willing to relocate to better their situation, and the love that holds a family together.
Positive Role Models
The little girl grows up and becomes a grandmother herself, showing the family's cohesiveness as well as individual accomplishments.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Newbery Honor–winning author Jacqueline Woodson's This Is the Rope: A Story From the Great Migration, illustrated by Coretta Scott King Award–winning illustrator James Ransome, is a lyrical treatment of the the Great Migration, when millions of African Americans in the 20th century moved out of the South and headed North to find work and fairer treatment. A fictionalized version of the author's family history, it's told from the perspective of a little girl. The rope she finds becomes a valued object and an integral part of three generations of her family.
Is It Any Good?
Together, author Jacqueline Woodson and illustrator James Ransome have tackled a huge topic and made it accessible for young readers. Woodson uses spare, poetic text to show through a single family how hopes and dreams of a better life drove an estimated 6 million African Americans in the 20th century to leave the rural South for new beginnings in northern cities. And Ransome's oil paintings are realistic yet filled with emotion.
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