A rope passed down through the generations frames an African-American family’s story as they journey north to New York City from the rural south during the time of the Great Migration. Full color.
This is a unique story about one woman’s family. Author Jacqueline Woodson, a Newbery Honor-winning author uses a commonplace object—a rope—to tell symbolically of one family’s migration from the South to New York City, where they built a successful life. The rope features in small, ordinary moments while the family’s story moves quickly through the years. It’s used to tie down objects when moving, hang clothes to dry, and skip rope with new friends, among other things. This book feels like reading a small biography of another person’s family.
James Ransome has illustrated many picture books including the Coretta Scott King Award-winner The Creation, the Coretta Scott King Honor-winner Uncle Jed’s Barbershop, and This is the Rope by Jaqueline Woodson. He lives in Rhinebeck, New York, with his wife. Visit James at www.jamesransome.com.