This is the Rope: A Story From the Great Migration written by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by James Ransome.
A rope becomes part of a family’s history after a girl finds it under a tree in South Carolina. The rope is used to tie down the family possessions when that girl- now a grown woman, moves to New York City with her husband and baby daughter. It is used as a clothesline to dry the baby’s diapers. Of course it is used for jumping when the baby is a young girl and then later to hold down her possessions when she is driven to college. Ultimately the rope reminds the grandmother, who originally found it, of her childhood.
The lush illustrations contrast the wide-open country landscape with the crowded conditions of the city. The story of this family represents the many people who migrated North during the 20th century looking for a better life.
Recommended for grades 1-3.
Donna C. (Schimelpfenig Library)