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Ladder to the Moon with CD

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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 ...

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Overview

"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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Editorial Reviews

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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763660062
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/13/2012
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,022,444
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.08 (w) x 11.54 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Maya Soetoro-Ng
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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