This book beautifully illustrates the story of the life of a rope that a young girl finds in South Carolina. The rope follows the girl through her life, her children’s life, and her grandchildren’s life, always helping in different ways. The story begins when the girl finds the rope near her home in South Carolina, and grows up to use that rope to move to New York. She uses the rope to hang flowers from her home, and uses the rope to dry laundry. As her children grow, they use the rope to play games and make friends, and eventually use that same rope to go to college. The story ends with the grandchild giving the same rope to her grandmother for a newer one so she can jump rope outside their lovely home in Brooklyn.
I would recommend this book to any and all readers, not just children. There is so much about history that we aren’t taught, or briefly mentioned, and the Great Migration is one of them. Thinking back to my own education, I hardly remember anything about the Great Migration or the impact it had on history. This book introduces that part of history without being too serious or dark. It fights typical stereotypes of African-Americans by showing a family succeed and have a wonderful life, despite all the obstacles in their way. It is truly a wonderful role model for African-American children everywhere.