Ladder to the Moon

Ladder to the Moon

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"A lush, haunting story that brings together a grandmother and her grandchild. . . . Soetoro-Ng, maternal half-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 go along with her on a magical journey. Maya Soetoro-Ng and Yuyi Morales's dreamlike tale reminds 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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Product details

  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 249 x 288 x 3mm | 260g
  • Massachusetts, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 076369343X
  • 9780763693435
  • 924,048

Review quote

A vision of divine love, a love incarnated in a warm, round, brown-skinned grandmother....Nontraditional spiritual literature for children often falters in the execution; this work fulfills its promise
--Publishers Weekly (starred review) A lush, haunting story that brings together a grandmother and her grandchild....Morales captures the luminosity of both the sky and the people on earth striving and straining to make the world a better place. The endnotes by author and artist add insight into a book meant to be discussed
--Booklist (starred review) Creation stories, mythology, and legends come together in a story incorporating themes of human struggle, community, and faith. Morales' stunning digitally manipulated acrylic drawings, showcasing strong yet loving women, have a dream-like quality and do an outstanding job of depicting a caring, culturally diverse world.
--Library Media Connection (starred review) Beautiful, luminous paintings, with soft edges and gently rounded figures
--Kirkus Reveiws From a place of bittersweet longing, Maya Soetoro-Ng writes an introspective children's book that inspires all ages. What we find in Ladder to the Moon are epic images and inescapable stories that connect us through inevitable loss and spiritual understanding.
--Honolulu Weekly
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About Maya Soetoro-Ng

Maya Soetoro-Ng, a former high school history teacher and university instructor, was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, and is the maternal half-sister of President Barack Obama. She says Ladder to the Moon, her first picture book, was inspired by her young daughter Suhaila's questions about her grandmother, Ann Dunham. Maya Soetoro-Ng lives in Hawaii with her husband and two daughters. Yuyi Morales is the illustrator of Kathleen Krull's Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez, whose accolades included a Pura Belpre Award and a Christopher Medal, as well as the Pura Belpre Award-winning Los Gatos Black on Halloween by Marisa Montes. Born and raised in Mexico, she now lives with her family in northern California.
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Rating details

336 ratings
3.67 out of 5 stars
5 28% (95)
4 29% (99)
3 27% (92)
2 12% (39)
1 3% (11)
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