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Ladder to the Moon Paperback – Picture Book, June 13, 2017
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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 go along with her on a magical journey. Maya Soetoro-Ng and Yuyi Morales’s dreamlike tale reminds us that loved ones lost are always with us, and that sometimes we need only look at the moon and remember.
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—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A lush, haunting story that brings together a grandmother and her grandchild.…Morales captures the luminosity of both the sky and the people on earth striving and straining to make the world a better place. The endnotes by author and artist add insight into a book meant to be discussed
—Booklist (starred review)
Creation stories, mythology, and legends come together in a story incorporating themes of human struggle, community, and faith. Morales’ stunning digitally manipulated acrylic drawings, showcasing strong yet loving women, have a dream-like quality and do an outstanding job of depicting a caring, culturally diverse world.
—Library Media Connection (starred review)
Beautiful, luminous paintings, with soft edges and gently rounded figures
From a place of bittersweet longing, Maya Soetoro-Ng writes an introspective children’s book that inspires all ages. What we find in Ladder to the Moon are epic images and inescapable stories that connect us through inevitable loss and spiritual understanding.
About the Author
- Publisher : Candlewick; Reprint edition (June 13, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 48 pages
- ISBN-10 : 076369343X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0763693435
- Reading age : 4 - 8 years
- Grade level : Preschool - 3
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 9.79 x 0.18 x 11.34 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #746,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I want to start out by saying that I really enjoyed this story. The only reason I'm not giving this a higher rating is because I worry that the story may not be comprehensible to many young readers without an in-depth explanation.
The art in this story is beautiful. The illustrator did an excellent job. The story could almost be told without any words and have the same effect. You can tell the artist and writer worked closely, or at least share a special bond, with this story.
The story itself is very deep and emotional. Aside from significant cultural influences throughout the story, the afterlife theme seems to be most dominant. We have a child traversing the moon and the world with her deceased grandmother in a type of dream-like state where they interact with others, living and not. It's a lot to take in and process. I read it three times and still feel that each reading brought about new questions and wonders.
I would definitely recommend parents try this book with their kids if they are open to sharing alternative afterlife concepts or as long as it isn't deemed a conflict to their own views of the afterlife ('cause this is going to require some discussion).
Recommended to those who are open-minded and or are seeking culturally diverse reads.
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)!)