These are memes started by Teach Mentor Texts and Book Journey, and I'm excited to participate, along with many other bloggers, in reviewing books I read the previous week. I'll be reviewing picture books through adult books.
This Is the Rope: A Story From the Great Migration by Jacqueline Woodson (The video on her website is excellent - I would include it here, but I can't seem to get the embed code to work!)
I love the idea of an object running through a story, symbolizing connections to the past, present, and future. This is a great book to inspire writing ideas that include the concept of journeys, families, and symbolic objects. I see using it in a memoir unit - it would pair up nicely with Paul Fleischman's Matchbox Diary and/or Mem Fox's Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge.