Academic journal article Language Arts

The Granddaughter Necklace

Academic journal article Language Arts

The Granddaughter Necklace

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The Granddaughter Necklace Written by Sharon Dennis Wyeth Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline Arthur A. Levine/ Scholastic, 2013, unpaged, ISBN 978-0545-08125-2

The Granddaughter Necklace is a fictionalized tribute to women and girls in the author's family, going back as far as a great-great- great-greatgrandmother named Frances who traveled from Ireland in the 1860s. Frances married a free man of color who owned a farm in Virginia. As part of this family's tradition, a beautiful necklace, along with stories about other girls and women who have worn it, is handed down. Stories about the women are shared in the text, and readers are allowed to see the various reasons and events for which the necklace is passed down. For example, one girl receives the necklace from her mother before boarding a train to live with an aunt who can better provide for her financially, while another receives it before being baptized. …

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