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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.
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
Young children would enjoy being read this story.