Ladder to the Moon

Ladder to the Moon

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Written by Maya Soetoro-Ng, half-sister of President Obama, this lyrical story relays the loving wisdom of their late mother to a young granddaughter she never met.

Little Suhaila wishes she had known her grandma, who (her mother tells her) would have wrapped her arms round the whole world if she could. And one night Suhaila gets her wish when a golden ladder appears at her window and Grandma Annie, arms outstretched, invites the girl to come along with her on a journey. In a rich and deeply personal narrative, Maya Soetoro-Ng distils her mother's love for family, her compassion and her ethic of service into the story of a remarkable meeting between grandmother and grandchild. Yuyi Morales's vibrant, emotionally resonant artwork illuminates this dreamlike tale, reminding us that loved ones lost are always with us - and that sometimes we need only to look at the moon and remember.
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 48 pages
  • 256 x 296 x 9mm | 568g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1406333387
  • 9781406333381
  • 1,531,180

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Mentioned in article on Obama family * New York Times- National Edition * Featured/recommended, President-related books roundup * Boston Globe * Gentle and thought-provoking, with soft illustrations, this loving ode celebrates the family bond between generations. * Junior * Absolutely stunning! * Pride magazine * A modern day fable about the love shared between a grandmother and grandchild who have never met but come together in a dream. * Black Beauty and Hair * This book made me cry!

Like really proper tears. I was so moved. I read it to my 3 and 6 year old and whilst it went straight over my 3 year olds head. it really engaged my 6 year old son and it sang to my heart.

Oh this is a beautiful book, filled with humanity a sense of timelessness and of womens wisdom. I love it!

Yuyi Morales illustrations are rich and sumptous and absolutely filled with expression. A complete delight to read. can be read on many levels so 3-10's would all enjoy and a lot of sdults too! -- Becky Goddard-Hill * Book Reviews for Mums * Full of warmth and love. * Irish World *
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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. Maya Soetoro-Ng lives in Hawaii with her husband and two daughters.

Award-winning illustrator Yuyi Morales was born and brought up in Mexico, and now lives with her family in northern California.
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336 ratings
3.67 out of 5 stars
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4 29% (99)
3 27% (92)
2 12% (39)
1 3% (11)
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