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The Granddaughter Necklace

Ibatoulline, Bagram (Illustrator)
Scholastic 2013. 32 pages
First published: 2013
ISBN: 9780545081252 (hardcover)
9780545239837 (paperback)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, point of view, setting

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This moving story traces an heirloom necklace that is passed down through the generations of an African-American family (with, as it turns out, an interracial Irish connection.)

Travelling backward through the generations, beginning with the narrator, each woman in the story receives the necklace at a critical point in her childhood, when she feels troubled or vulnerable, as a comforting reminder that “everyone who wears it is somebody’s granddaughter.” The necklace becomes a symbol of the courage and wisdom of the strong women who preceded them, and with whom they are genetically linked.

Full page acrylic-gouache paintings, eloquently capturing the spirit of each woman’s time and place, are paired with an engaging backstory that showcases the ancestor’s name in large, elegant script.

The book concludes with notes on the author’s exploration of her own ancestry and encourages readers to make their own connections.

  •  

    Discuss the idea of passing something down through generations. Does this happen in your family? What kinds of things might be passed down? Why would people want to do this?

  •  Research and create your family tree as far back as you can go and share this with your peers.
  •  

    Conduct an interview with a family member to learn about one of your ancestors.

  •  Write a story about your ancestors, based on what your family has told you or what you imagine.
  •  

    Discuss the kinds of objects or traditions that may be passed down in the family or through generations. Why might people do this?

  •  Ask your parents or grandparents about special traditions or objects in your family.
  •  

    Write a description of a heritage object or tradition. Talk about the people involved in passing it along.

  • To construct his/her identity
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Geography, History and Citizenship