Ladder to the Moon by Maya Soetoro-Ng

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From Maya Soetoro-Ng, sister of President Obama, comes a lyrical story relaying the loving wisdom of their late mother to a young granddaughter she never met. Little Suhaila wishes she could have known her grandma, who would wrap her arms around the whole world if she could, Mama says. And one night, Suhaila gets her wish when a golden ladder appears at her window, and Grandma Annie invites the girl to come along with her on a magical journey. In a rich and deeply personal narrative, Maya Soetoro-Ng draws inspiration from her mother’s love for family, her empathy for others, and her ethic of service to imagine this remarkable meeting. Evoking fantasy and folklore, the story touches on events that have affected people across the world in our time and reaffirms our common humanity. Yuyi Morales’s breathtaking artwork illuminates the dreamlike tale, reminding us that loved ones lost are always with us, and that sometimes we need only look at the moon and remember.
 

About Maya Soetoro-Ng

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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.
 
Published March 26, 2013 by Candlewick. 48 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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4-7) Pub Date: April 12th, 2011 ...

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Publishers Weekly

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Soetoro-Ng and illustrator Morales (Floating on Mama's Song) collaborate on a vision of divine love, a love incarnated in a warm, round, brown-skinned grandmother.

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The Wall Street Journal

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The book goes on like this, page after vaporous page, until Suhaila goes home to bed "feeling proud for having helped others heal—for having helped others learn to move forward and upward and around."

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The Wall Street Journal

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The book goes on like this, page after vaporous page, until Suhaila goes home to bed "feeling proud for having helped others heal—for having helped others learn to move forward and upward and around."

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New York Journal of Books

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Annie asks her granddaughter, “All these people who need us are people just like you and me, do you see?” And Suhaila, “through seeing, knew more than she had known before.”What might first appear to be a simple bedtime book morphs into a story of strength discovered and strength bequeathed, a st...

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His sister Maya has written a children's book which was published last week, a dream-like story woven around their charismatic mother Ann who died from cancer in 1995 at the age of just 52 and who was the link to their Irish roots.

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