Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Book review: Ladder to the Moon

I've been hearing a lot about a new children's book, Ladder to the Moon, so when I got the chance to review it here on the blog, I accepted it happily. Here's a bit about the book, from the publisher's website:
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.
This is a gorgeous book that both my kids and I have been enjoying immensely.  The story is both
sweet and a little sad, as the little girl learns from her grandmother both about the challenges faced by people around the world, and is encouraged to reach out and help. The theme of truly seeing others, whether they look and sound and live like us or not, is a nice way to introduce children to these concepts. The author has a gift for beautiful writing, and I often felt that I was singing a song, rather than reading a book, as I went through the pages with my kids.

Image property of Candlewick Press
And the illustrations... words do not suffice.  The publisher describes the artwork as "breathtaking", and I have to agree that that's probably the best word.  Every page is gorgeous and brings the words to life. I wanted to frame the entire book for my kids' walls!
Ethan, reading his favorite page of the book
For more information on this book, including a link to buy, visit the Candlewick Press's site for Ladder to the Moon.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review for myself, thanks to the Clever Girls Collective. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.


Elle said...

Looks like a good book. If the rest of the pictures look like the one you have up then they are really good. Following.

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