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This Is the Rope: A Story From the Great Migration

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The story of one family’s journey north during the Great Migration starts with a little girl in South Carolina who finds a rope under a tree one summer. She has no idea the rope 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 Y ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 29th 2013 by Nancy Paulsen Books
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Linda Lipko
Using a simple, strong item of rope, the author creates a story of hope, of love and reflection.
The incredible images of Ransome and the poetically written words of Woodson reflect a heritage rich in beauty and strong in love.

Known as the great migration, during the time span of 1900-1970, approximately six million African Americans left the southern parts of America, traveling to the north in the hope of better, more just life with more opportunity.

The rope is used to affix to a tree to enable
Based on Woodson’s own family, this is the story of how one piece of rope serves as a symbol for the changes that came during the Great Migration of African Americans from the rural south to northern cities. One little girl tells the story of how her grandparents moved to New York City, using the rope to tie their things to the top of the car. The rope was used to tie up the drying flowers from their window boxes that reminded them of home. It was used by the little girl’s mother to tug her toys ...more
Amber Murphy
1.)Text to text: As I was reading this, I was reminded of several books by Patricia Palaco. It especially reminded me of the Keeping Quilt. The jump rope passed through generations and had different “jobs” in the family, just like the quilt (or parts of the quilt) did in Palaco’s book.

2.) Write six discussion questions using all six stages of Bloom’s Taxonomy
Remembering: List two ways the jumprope was used in the book.
Understanding: What is meant by back home, using throughout the book?
Sarah Wheeland
This is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration

Text to Self: I related to this story because just like the rope in it, I have a vase that was my grandmother’s and then my mother’s and is now mine. It represents my family’s history and my grandmother’s life as a military wife who lived all over the world. She gave it to me when I got engaged to my fiancée who is in the Air Force like my grandfather was. The rope in the story was passed down and held special sentimental value in much the same w
Alex Baugh
This story follows a piece of rope's journey with a family as they move from South Carolina to New York City during the Great Migration of many African American families in the 20th century and how a piece of rope becomes the red thread running through a family and binding them together for three generations.

This is the Rope is narrated by an unknown little girl (perhaps Woodson as a child), whose grandmother finds a length of rope under a tree in South Carolina and at first, uses it as a jump
Sometimes the most insignificant items can turn out to have great importance as they follow us along our life journeys. This picture book from gifted storyteller Jacqueline Woodson tells the story of a rope that the narrator's grandmother used to skip when she was a girl in South Carolina. The rope comes in handy when her grown-up grandmother and her grandfather join others who are migrating north for better opportunities. As the family grows and changes, with some members leaving and others ret ...more
Summary: A jump rope becomes a representation of an African-American's family journey through time. For three generations the rope was used for jump roping, hanging clothes, and securing luggage to the roof of a car.

Curriculum Connection: This is a great book for storytelling. After reading, children can discuss the characters, setting, pictures and events. They can retell the story in their own words. The storyline is a great way to help them understand structure, sequence and the history of th
Ransome’s rich oil paintings of country and city life combine with Woodson’s powerful storytelling to portray the story of a family as it grows and moves from North Carolina to Brooklyn. A rope, one that grandmother skips with, father ties luggage to the car roof with, mother hangs clothes on the line with, etc. is the common thread which ties the generations together, linking histories and events and creating new memories along the way. The family adapts to change as they hold on to the past an ...more
Mar 02, 2014 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2014, childrens, other-usa
When I first saw the title of this book, I thought that it might be a cumulative tale, similar to This is the House that Jack Built, but it doesn't have that kind of style. Instead, it follows a rope through three generations of a family, as it serves as a jumprope, a means of tying down items on a car, a clothesline, etc.

The narrative is short and simple, and the oil paint on paper illustrations are lovely. They are nicely detailed and I loved the facial expressions - the pictures truly tell t
Anja Manning
With an author like Jacqueline Woodson, I had very high expectations for this book.
Luckily, I was not disappointed.

The "Story From the Great Migration" is preceded by an author's note and dedication that places the fictional text in its historical context, and gives it personal relevance. The illustrations by James Ransome are heartwarming, conveying everyday life through the family's generations. An honest look at individuals who stand for so many others. The title's rope is used to connect a f
Woodson gives us a succinct history of one family's migration from the South to the North and their subsequent life in the North through several generations. The rope links the histories and events together as it lends itself to new uses (thus creating new memories). Illustrations are well done and showcase a number of period references (pop culture art on the walls from the 60s, cars changing, clothing changing, etc.).

All in all, a solid historical fiction picture book. The rhythm of the text
Jacqueline Woodson took an ordinary piece of rope and transformed it into a symbol for change. This rope was found underneath a tree in South Carolina, by the narrator’s grandmother. This rope represented change and hope for this family of African Americans and over six million others during the Great Migration of the 1900’s. During the Great Migration, African Americans were moving north to find a better life for their families. The rope was used to tie luggage to the roof of a car during a mov ...more
Stefanie Skrdla
Text to Self
I related to this book because I could see my own family reflected in the life of Beatrice, the little girl telling this story. She sees the rope that has been through so much with her family, but as a reader, I see the dream that each generation has to create a better life for their children. In my family, I know my parents have always worked hard to provide a better life for us than they experienced growing up, and I know my grandparents worked hard to always provide for my parents
Brandi M.
Text to Self
The rope in this story reminds me of a ring given to me by my grandmother. The rope is important to the family and gets passed down from generation to generation. It holds many memories and is an item about which many stories may be told. Growing up, my grandmother had drawers full of jewelry that my cousins and I used to love to try on. We would load up our fingers, wrists, necks, and ears with as many baubles as possible and put on a fashion show. One day, my grandmother allowed me
Paul Farbman
Mar 18, 2014 Paul Farbman rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Second or Third Graders
This is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration is a fiction book that was inspired by the movement of the author's family from South Carolina to New York City during the Great Migration. In the author's note, Woodson says that the rope represents hope. It is a 2014 Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book.

The story begins with a girls' grandmother playing with a rope she found under a tree in South Carolina. This rope would follow the grandmother's family from South Carolina to New York City. It would t
The story of a family who travels North during the Great Migration. The stories of the 3 generations of family are woven together through the many uses for a rope. From jumping rope, to tying down belongings, to hanging up laundry the sturdy rope remains an essential household item.

An author's note reveals the inspiration for this tale and gives the story a deeper meaning and sense of identity for the characters. Oil illustrations. This book is a must read and among Woodson's best.
Jacqueline Woodson’s “This is the Rope, A Story from the Great Migration” is a fiction book that was inspired by the movement of Woodson’s family from South Carolina to New York City during the Great Migration. In the author's note, Woodson states that the rope represents hope and connections between the generations of the family.

The story begins with a girls' grandmother playing with a rope she found under a tree in South Carolina. This rope would follow the grandmother's family from South Caro

Book: This the Rope; A story From the Great Migration by Jacquelin Woodson and illustrated by James Ransome. Recommended for age 4 - 8. A picture book about a family that passes down a rope from one generation to the next. The Rope is about a family that migrates from South Carolina where the rope is found to New York City to a reunion where the little girl is now a grandmother.

Reflection:Text to Self.
I have had to move a ton with my Dodds lifestyle. I could connect to the little girl seeing th
Ruby Choe
This Is The Rope is a fictional story. It is a story of the great migration. The great migration was when African Americans in the South moved up North for better opportunities such as jobs and education. The rope in the book symbolizes hope moving to a different place. The rope in the book moves with the main character in the book. The rope has been around for three generations. It talks about how the rope was used for the different purpose. For example, to tie things while moving and to dry fl ...more
Age: Kindergarten-3rd grade
Family: Inter-generational

Follow the life of a simple piece of rope along three generations of an African American family. I loved trying to find the rope in each gorgeous artwork. The text is perfect for younger kids but the story of the Great Migration can be elaborated on in older classrooms.
Harley Stine
This is the Rope: A Story From the Great Migration is about a family that passes down a piece of rope from generation to generation. It starts out with an African American family moving from the South up to New York. The rope is used for various activities like jump rope, tying suitcases to the top of a car, or drying out flowers. The little girl telling the story is now a grandmother who is telling her grandchildren about this very important piece of rope.

This is the Rope was not my favorite Ja
Alyssa Fortna
This is a story about a family’s journey from South Carolina to New York City during the Great Migration. It begins with a young girl living in South Carolina, who finds a rope lying underneath a tree. The rope winds up being passed down through various generations, and used for many different things, such as a jump rope or to tie suitcases to the car for the Great Migration. This book has also been given a Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Award. The illustrations in this book are beautiful, ...more
Beatrice, the young narrator, tells of how her grandmother found a rope and used it to skip rope as child. The grandmother then takes the rope with her as she moves north to Brooklyn and finds other uses for it before passing it down through the generations. The mother and narrator both use the rope for jump roping as well as other important functions in their lives. The rope becomes a symbol for importance of family. The illustrations are exquisitely painted, showing the transition from country ...more
Kaitlyn Steckbeck
"This Is the Rope: A Story From the Great Migration" is one of the many amazing stories written by Jacqueline Woodson. In the beginning, the book says that it is dedicated to the more than 6 million African Americans who left the unjust conditions of the South for a better life in the North from the early 1900s until the 1970s. The story is about the narrator's grandmother who found a rope when she was young under a tree in South Carolina. At this time, South Carolina was home to her grandmother ...more
Omolayo Adenrele
This story is about a little girl name Beatrice talking about a rope that her family used for different things. Relates to my topic because when she talk about the rope, she says what her grandmother, mother, and grandfather all used to the rope for. It is developmental appropriate because it shows children how much one thing can mean to someone, or show them what they can do with ropes n positive ways. The quality of the book was very straightforward and direct. The pictures can make someone fo ...more
Jess Farabaugh
This Is the Rope is a great story for children’s ages 5 to 8. It is by Newbery Honor–winning author Jacqueline Woodson and Coretta Scott King Award–winning illustrator James Ransome. This is a story about a family’s northbound journey during the Great Migration. It starts with a little girl who finds a rope under a tree one summer in South Carolina. This rope is passed down through three generations throughout the book and is used for many different things. Such as, a jump rope, a way to tie sui ...more
Edward Sullivan
A beautifully written and illustrated generational story based on Woodson's own family history.
Quick write - Write about something that was given or passed down to you from a relative.
Mel Raschke
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 ...more
This serves as an introduction to "The Great Migration" for me, and makes me want to learn more. The author's note was very helpful.
I don't think it's realistic, though, that one rope would last through several generations. Woodson's repetitive use of "This is the rope..." pulls the readers through the generations.
The colorful illustrations have a lot of yellow (why?) and focus on the people and events, with the rope being a subtle thread connecting them all.
Good addition to Woodson collection
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