When Grandma Climbed The Magic Ladder Kindle Edition
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I really enjoyed this unique and beautiful story. It's difficult to explain death to young children, especially when you are grieving. A picture book is an excellent tool. This story has a magical folktale like quality that is destined to be passed on to provide comfort in times of trouble.
The pictures are enchanting, but the formatting on the electronic version seemed a bit awkward in the typography. Also, a frame around the illustrations would help them stand out from the background of the electronic reader. There was no Nook version available, so I bought the Amazon version and viewed it on the Kindle app for my Nook. The formatting was all off. I tried again with the Kindle app on my PC and it worked fine.
At over 3000 words I felt the story could have been tighter. With children's picture books, every word counts, if you can tell the same story in 1500 words, it will be better, and your audience will appreciate your brevity.
Finally, some parents may object to the idea of choosing to become a star rather than go to heaven. This may not mesh with the Christian beliefs of some. However, this may be the perfect book for someone attempting to explain death in a more secular manner, or for people from other faiths.
Overall this was a great story with a lot to offer families experiencing grief.
Grandma is an amazing woman, kind, courageous, appreciative, and positive, so much so that as she journeys all who encounter want her to stay. But even though the journey as long and somewhat arduous she continues to climb the ladder for three days to reach her husband and become a star. The reader cheers Grandmother on as she travels believing in her success and anxious to see Grandma's dream to become a star of reality.
There were two points in the story that brought tears to my eyes. One was when the little boy was told that his grandmother would have to journey for three days on the magic ladder. He thought "Wouldn't grandma feel hungry by the time she reached the sky? So, when no one was looking, he hid three of his favorite cream-filled cookies amongst the pleats of her sari."
Those cookies soaked in love give the grandmother so much endurance and she climbs that she does not need the food offered to her by the monkey, the cloud, or the moon.
The second moment was when the grandmother was reunited with the grandfather. "As Grandma put her arms around Grandpa and hugged him tight, a blinding flash tore through the night sky. And exactly at the place in the sky where there had been only a lone star all these years, there was suddenly two.
If you have definite beliefs as to what happens after death, this would still be a good book to share with your child to explain that different religions and cultures have different beliefs. If you are unsure or uncommitted as to what happens after death, this book will encourage some interesting discussions.
Suitable to be read with parents for children ages 4 to 10.
I was given an ebook copy to review.
If at all possible, it would be best to read this story to a child a few times before they have experienced that loss. That way, Mom and Dad can simply say, Grandma has now climbed that ladder. Remember all the beautiful things she saw along the way? Let's look for her star in the sky.
I especially appreciated the parts describing Grandma's journey. Rather than only focusing on the happenings in Shashi's life, it switches views to allow a child to witness what Grandma is experiencing. That is a wonderful way to show a child that death can be a beautiful experience, and to help them understand what has happened. Shashi never seemed sad that his Grandma had gone. Instead, he is left with beautiful memories of her. And that's how it should be for every child. All he needs to do when he misses her is look up at the stars, and she will be there next to Grandpa. I think that's a beautiful message for young children, and one that will bring them great comfort.
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
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