Look and Learn | This Is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration

Mississippi Museum of Art | 308 S Lamar Street, Jackson, MS

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Gather round for Look and Learn – Mississippi Museum of Art’s literacy and art-making program for children ages 5 and under. This monthly storytime adventure connects families to art at the Museum and plants seeds of creativity in growing minds. In this summer series, we are focusing on books based on movement, family, and the power of storytelling to celebrate A Movement in Every Direction. After each reading, families will view work in the exhibition and join Museum educators in the classroom for an art project. 

This month, join the MMA as they read This Is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration by Jaqueline Woodson, a book about one family’s journey north and the rope that will become part of her family’s history. After the reading, they’ll share time in A Movement in Every Direction to explore more migration stories and create artwork in the classrooms. Dress for mess!

This Is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration by Jaqueline Woodson
Jacqueline Woodson–New York Times Bestselling, National Book Award and Newbery Honor winning author–writes a rich story of a family adapting to change as they hold on to the past and embrace the future. With Coretta Scott King Award–winning illustrator James Ransome.
During the time of the Great Migration, millions of African American families relocated from the South, seeking better opportunities. 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 York City, and even for a family reunion where that first little girl is now a grandmother.

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