Maya Soetero-Ng's 'Ladder to the Moon'

Thursday, April 14, 2011

President Obama's mother Stanley Ann Dunham died young, at the age of 52. Because of this, her four grandchildren never got to hear her stories, eat her cooking, or experience those other parts of the special relationship many children are able to have with their grandparents. Maya Soetero-Ng, Dunham's daughter, didn't think deeply about this until one of her kids asked her what grandma was like. That question served as the inspiration for a children’s book called “Ladder to the Moon.” The story, illustrated whimsically by Yuyi Morales, imagines a meeting between Maya’s older daughter and her own mother.

Guests:

Maya Soetero-Ng

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [1]

On a Lark from Atlanta

I enjoyed hearing about Ms. Soetero-Ng's new and interesting book. I did not however enjoy hearing John Hockenberry cut her off as she tried to explain why she felt it inappropriate to contact her brother, the president of the united states, to write the forward to the new book. Come on, John, your politics are showing! If you ask a stupid question at least let her finish her answer. This is why, although I really enjoy the takeaway, I don't listen very often anymore.

Apr. 18 2011 05:14 AM

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