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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 830L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press; First Edition edition (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763645702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763645700
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 10.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A lush, haunting story that brings together a grandmother and her grandchild. Soetoro-Ng, sister of Barack Obama, has written this story of compassion as a tribute to their mother.” – Booklist (stared review)

About 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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I love magical feel and the lyrical flow of the text.
DAC
I loved the story in this book, which conveys reverence for grandmothers, a lovely tribute, and that it's okay for a child to talk about the people they see in dreams.
Faye Sand
This is a beautiful book with a wonderful story and written by President Obama's very gifted sister.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Maureen Tracy on April 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is such a beautiful story, one that can bind generations together. I bought two,one for each great nephew in memory of their great grandmother. The art work and concepts are just outstanding.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By C. E. Selby on April 16, 2011
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What an honor to be the first to review this book written by the half-sister of President Barack Obama, Maya Soetoro-Ng, and illustrated by Yuyi Morales. The idea for the book was inspired by a George O'Keeffe painting titled "Ladder to the Moon," the ladder being the symbol of life's wonderous journey.
The story itself is about Grandma Annie and her granddaughter. But the granddaughter has never met her grandmother any more than the author's daughter ever met hers. Grandma Annie died before the birth as did the author's (the President's) mother. So it is a story about Grandma Annie's taking her little granddaughter on a trip that requires the use of the ladder to the moon. I will not say more because it is the author's voice and the illustrator's vision that you, the potential reader, will certainly find enriching.
You cannot go wrong with this book.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Jones on April 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
An incredible wordsmith, Maya is a natural storyteller whose use of words is like magic. She is her mother's daughter. Losing a Mother too early is a keenly felt loss for any woman and for their grandchildren-be they granddaughters ....or grandsons. There is something special in being, seeing and experiencing the human continuum of personal strengths and resiliencies across generations. This lushly written and illustrated book captures her mother's legacy beautifully for her daughter Suhaila; a reminder that those who have come before are central to whom we are today. Brava!! Blessman- April, 2011
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sandy on September 11, 2012
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I found this book to be very heartwarming. I even got emotional reading it. The author points out that we are not alone. We all share the same problems and hopes no matter what our religion is. We all need to work together to make the world a better place.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DAC VINE VOICE on August 5, 2011
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One night a ladder comes down from the moon, Suhaila gets to meet her grandmother Annie. They go up together and have an adventure. From a top the moon grandmother and granddaughter watch the world and help when they can. This is a beautiful story about two generations meeting and people coming together.

"Looking past the golden ladder, she spotted people whose hands pointed upward from a synagogue, a temple, a mosque, and a steepled church. One by one, every person was finding his or her own path to the moon each path connecting with the others in hope's massive stream. "

This is simply gorgeous on all levels. I love magical feel and the lyrical flow of the text. The message of unity is naturally intertwined. Morales illus. are some serious WOW filled with warmth. They made me smile and believe in a better world. My favorite spread changed each time I turned the page. Soetoro-NG and Morales styles blended very well together. A 2011 favorite.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Rougas on June 15, 2011
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I was taken by the illustrations as much as the story. I find them very beautiful and appealing to both children and adults. The story is imaginative, with a nice 'lesson' to it. And, I look forward to reading it to my granddaughter when she's about 2-3.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By wink on May 31, 2013
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I bought this for a baby shower so at this point it is more for the mother than the child. The story is heart warming and emphasized the intergenerational links that bind us all.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shannon M. Mcgee on May 6, 2011
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I had not known that this was written by Obama's half sister until after I read it. It is a tale very reminiscent to Tomie dePaola's books. Mixed with folk lore and longing for her child to have know her grandmother. The images are fairy tale like and beautiful. I enjoyed taking in the tale of granddaughter helping the grandmother help the world as they looked from the moon.

Wonderful story to share with kids on Mother's Day!
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