Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
This Is the Rope by Jacqueline Woodson is a beautifully written story about the journey a piece of rope takes with three generations of girls. The rope is found under the branches of a sweet-smelling pine tree and used as a jump rope by a little girl many, many years ago. Later, when the little girl has grown up, the rope secures her belongings as she and her family move from the deep south to New York City. Throughout the story, the rope ties the past with the present by wending its way from this little girl to her daughter and eventually to her granddaughter. While it becomes a line for drying flowers, a clothesline, a leash for a toy duck, and a skipping rope for making new friends, it remains an attachment to the past with its building memories. The illustrator, James Ransome, has made each page a work of art. Each scene is quietly beautiful and full of details that will capture the attention of both children and their parents. This is a delightful lap book sure to inspire talk of traditions and family unity. See this book listed in our catalog