Ladder to the Moon by Maya Soetoro-Ng


Ladder to the Moon by Maya Soetoro-Ng

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.


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 (written by Barack Obama's sister) celebrates the family bond between generations. Junior a vision of divine love, a love incarnated in a warm, round, brown-skinned grandmother ... this work fulfills its promise Publishers Weekly This compassionate, magical and personal story is accompanied by vibrant, multicultural illustrations Booktrust

About the Author

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.

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48 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Publication date

5th January 2012



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