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The Ladder

3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  20 ratings  ·  9 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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Lauren White
Good for grades k-5
translated from danish
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
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.
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.
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.
This is a cute story that young children would enjoy and could create their own things that could go up the ladder.
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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