Ladder to the Moonby Maya Soetoro-Ng, Yuyi Morales
Little Suhaila wishes she could have known her grandma, who would wrap her arms around the whole world if she could, Mama says. And one night, Suhaila gets her wish when a golden ladder appears at her/b>
From Maya Soetoro-Ng, sister of President Obama, comes a lyrical story relaying the loving wisdom of their late mother to a young granddaughter she never met.
Little Suhaila wishes she could have known her grandma, who would wrap her arms around the whole world if she could, Mama says. And one night, Suhaila gets her wish when a golden ladder appears at her window, and Grandma Annie invites the girl to come along with her on a magical journey. In a rich and deeply personal narrative, Maya Soetoro-Ng draws inspiration from her mother’s love for family, her empathy for others, and her ethic of service to imagine this remarkable meeting. Evoking fantasy and folklore, the story touches on events that have affected people across the world in our time and reaffirms our common humanity. Yuyi Morales’s breathtaking artwork illuminates the dreamlike tale, reminding us that loved ones lost are always with us, and that sometimes we need only look at the moon and remember.
Meet the Author
Maya Soetoro-Ng was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, and is a writer and educator with a PhD in international comparative education. She says Ladder to the Moon, her first picture book, was inspired by her young daughter Suhaila’s questions about her grandmother Ann Dunham, the mother of Maya and of our forty-fourth president, Barack Obama.
Yuyi Morales is the illustrator of Kathleen Krull’s Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez, whose accolades include a Pura Belpré Award and a Christopher Medal, as well as the Pura Belpré Award-winning Los Gatos Black on Halloween by Marisa Montes. Born and raised in Mexico, she now lives in northern California.
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The illustrations and the story are moving and remind us of what really matters in this world.
This is a very special book for a grandchild who was born after her Grandma died. Full of love and caring and sharing that special lady.
Maya Soetoro-Ng writes a beautiful touching hope filled children's book with in the pages of Ladder to the Moon. The story is enhanced and made even more beautiful by the illustrations of Yuyi Morales. This story begins with questions and curiosity from a little girl asking about a grandmother she never knew and then expands into an adventure that grants her wish to know her grandmother. One evening a golden ladder appears at the little girl's bed room window and on one of the rungs stands her grandmother who invites her to accompany her on a trip that is not only magical but teaches the little girl, Suhaila, that empathy and helpfulness towards others is a valuable service and celebration owed to humanity and our own life. This is a stunning story written by the author, Maya Soetoro-Ng who shares the caring attitudes and characteristics of her late mother so her daughter may have to the opportunity to be inspired by the grandmother she never met. This is not just a children's book but a treasure and the illustrations are more like pieces of art which unfolds the love in which it was written. This book was delivered to me by Candlewick Press but it was not purchased by me. It was not requested that I review this book but I have and the opinions expressed in this review are my own.