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Ladder to the Moon Hardcover – April 12, 2011
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About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
"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.
The story is a wonderful way to explain death of a loved one, I love that she included all people from all walks of life. I visit Hawaii each year and hope I run into her one day! Her mother and grand parents sound like wonderful people, I wish they were my neighbors! I pray that God continue to bless their family and I know all her children will be wonderful Adults, its in their blood. God Bless
Love and Peace Shirley
(PS the pictures are breathtaking)!)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Such a beautiful book, filled with hope and beauty, and a wonderful story.Published 5 months ago by Mark C Wolf
Just one more book to my humble collection of wonderful Yuyi Morales! The book arrived in very good condition and the inside is beautiful as well - I mean stylish and atmospheric... Read morePublished on March 28, 2014 by greta
I do not like this book at all, it is very strange. We will not be reading this to our kids 2 and 3.Published on March 28, 2014 by Megan Corya
"Ladder To The Moon" I loved it not only because it met a specific need in my family, but because of the book's theme that a familial hug can expand to a global embrace. Read morePublished on February 25, 2014 by carol ryan
This is a beautiful book with a wonderful story and written by President Obama's very gifted sister. I will order more of these for family members.Published on November 4, 2013 by Sally J. Waitt
Beautiful artwork and tender story, very nice for gift giving on special occasions.
Young children would enjoy being read this story.
Beautifully illustrated, this tale of compassion is a wonderful book to share with young children. Although they may not grasp the full impact of the 2004 tsunami that wiped out... Read morePublished on August 16, 2013 by Carol M Fox
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.Published on May 31, 2013 by wink