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Ladder to the Moon (with CD)
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Ladder to the Moon (with CD)

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by Maya Soetoro-Ng, Yuyi Morales (Illustrator)
 

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"A lush, haunting story. . . . Soetoro-Ng, sister of Barack Obama, has written this story of compassion as a tribute to their mother." — Booklist (starred review)

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

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"A lush, haunting story. . . . Soetoro-Ng, sister of Barack Obama, has written this story of compassion as a tribute to their mother." — Booklist (starred review)

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.

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Children's Literature - Patrice Russo Belotte
While admiring the night sky with her mother, Suhaila innocently asks about her Grandma Annie. Her mother's simple response incites a hopeful surge within Suhaila. Looking up, she wonders just how like the moon her grandmother once was. Her mind continues to ponder this as she climbs into bed and anticipates sleep, but she is nagged with the sense that something is about to happen. Quietly and magically, a ladder appears at her window, and ready to show her the world, waits Grandma Annie. Suhaila's mind quickly transforms her grandmother's memory into that of her mother's simple comparison. From the moon, Grandma Annie shares insight, love, hope, and wonder with her granddaughter. Suhaila develops a personal desire to help others and discovers that when she does, she can inspire hope for peace around the world. Already a New York Times bestseller, Soetoro-Ng's story is destined to become a timeless piece of children's literature. Inspired by her own mother, Soetoro-Ng's purpose is that of so many mothers: to provide an avenue for generations of mothers and children to love and learn from one another. Morales' illustrations bring to life a soft and calming sense to Suhaila's story. This copy also includes an audio CD with a reading by the author. Reviewer: Patrice Russo Belotte

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763660062
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
03/13/2012
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
1,366,890
Product dimensions:
10.08(w) x 11.54(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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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Ladder to the Moon 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
B-ANNB More than 1 year ago
The illustrations and the story are moving and remind us of what really matters in this world.
LenoraWA More than 1 year ago
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.
blessedelementsGH More than 1 year ago
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.