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The Ladder

3.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  24 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
A curious ladder inadvertently becomes a pathway to the clouds in this droll, interactive translation of an enchanting Danish poem.

So first it did a little dance,
then it did a little prance,
then, as nicely as you please,
it waddled off with stiff red knees.

Once there was a jaunty ladder, abandoned by a mysterious carpenter, that sprung to life and decided to take a trip
Hardcover, 62 pages
Published June 13th 2006 by Candlewick Press
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Feb 06, 2016 The Brothers rated it it was amazing
Shelves: heaven, ladders, sky
A very unique book about a ladder. Apparently, anyone who climbs this self-empowered ladder gets to heaven (or the sky, or the stars, etc.). Some pages are cut so it's really neat to see everyone march back down the ladder at then end.

Excellent illustrations.
Lauren White
Feb 03, 2015 Lauren White rated it really liked it
Good for grades k-5
translated from danish
Aug 14, 2008 Tim rated it did not like it
A poetry book by one of Denmark's best loved poets. This books has also been translated. This would be a great book to teach upper elementary students or middle school students poetry. What was engaging to me was the flaps that you can lift up. I thought that added a bit of artistic style to the book. Students will really need to use their imagination as one by one people, animals, and things go up the ladder and disappear into the sky.
Joy Alberti
Aug 14, 2008 Joy Alberti rated it it was ok
A whimsical tale about a tall magical ladder which people and animals climb up and do not climb back down from. Students would be intrigued about what happens to the animals and people after they climb up the ladder. They do eventually return at the end of the story but an explanation for their disappearance is not given. This could be a good writing prompt.
Mar 05, 2008 Greta rated it really liked it
We got this odd story about a ladder because it is by a Danish poet. The translation is a little off in parts (to keep the rhymes) but the story is funny. We were considering giving it to a friend for his birthday but Greta insisted on keeping it!
Translated by Marilyn Nelson, this whimsical (it's the story of a ladder!) poem from "one of Denmark's best-loved poets" is beautifully and innovatively illustrated -- with tall flaps and others that enhance the narrative. Fun.
Aug 14, 2008 Ellen rated it it was amazing
This is a very clever book with fold out flaps and beautiful illustrations. The images are interesting to look at the story is easy to follow.
This is a beautiful book. The poem tells a funny story about a wandering ladder. Illustrations are gorgeous. My son absolutely loves this book.
Aug 14, 2008 Kim rated it it was ok
This is a cute story that young children would enjoy and could create their own things that could go up the ladder.
Jan 24, 2014 Mckinley rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture, fantasy
A little odd, leaves you wondering sort of simple story.
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Halfdan Rasmussen is the late author of THE LADDER. He is highly respected in his native Denmark for both his children’s verse and his adult-oriented poems on social issues and human rights. Prior to his death in 2002, he granted Marilyn Nelson express permission to produce English versions of his works.
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