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When Grandma Climbed the Magic Ladder

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When his much-loved Grandma passes away, Shashi is both grieved and puzzled. Amma takes him aside to reveal something amazing - that Grandma was now on her way to become a star!

Was Amma for real? How would Grandma ever manage to reach the sky? How long would it take her and what would she do once she got there?

Join Grandma as she sets out on an amazing adventure to reach t
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Published by Leadstart Publishing (first published September 27th 2014)
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Lana Axe
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully written story for children, aimed at helping them cope with the loss of a grandparent. It is best read aloud to younger children, but children over age 7 should have no trouble reading it by themselves. Though I think it's a fantastic story for a parent and child to share together.

If at all possible, it would be best to read this story to a child a few times before they have experienced that loss. That way, Mom and Dad can simply say, Grandma has now climbed that ladder. Re
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Bonnie Ferrante
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a rather different story about what happens after death. When Shashi's (a little boy) grandmother dies, we follow her journey up the magic ladder into the sky to become a star with your previously deceased husband. Although the story begins with tears and grieving, once we switch to the Grandma's point of view it is sweet, peaceful and reassuring.
Grandma is an amazing woman, kind, courageous, appreciative, and positive, so much so that as she journeys all who encounter want her to stay.
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Ella May
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful, soothing story of life after death! I was worried I wouldn't like it at the very beginning because no one was explaining to Shashi what had happened. No matter how difficult the topic, I think it's unfair to leave a child out in the cold like that. Once Shashi is told the story of his grandmother becoming a star, I enjoyed it the rest of the way through. The detail of the cookies he hid in his grandmother's sari was very touching. It's not part of my culture to do that, but thi ...more
Carrie Mortleman
Jun 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I love the Indian references and words and seeping culture that drips through the book.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The author deals beautifully and sensitively with a very difficult subject (death) and older children would especially appreciate the story.
I'd like to see more textured painted dreamscape images to match the very beautiful journey of words.
Heather L.
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it
When Grandma Climbed the Magic Ladder is a sweet book that explains the transition between life and death in a very magical way. It provides a wealth of cultural information and is clearly designed to show this transition as not just a time to be sad, but also as a time to rejoice in all the love a family provides and provided. The topic and words may be a little much for young readers, but this is a great book that a parent can use to help explain the passing of a loved one.
Ronit
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In this book, the story is about Grandma's last journey to the after life,
and the love of the grandson that give her cockles for the way to become a stat in the sky.

I love the illustration, it is very unique. I love the story, it shows a lot about the Hindu people and culture. This book Introduce a unique and different way of the of the journey to the after life.

I recommend this book
Janelle McGuinness
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book deals with the subject of death through the eyes of a little boy and the journey his grandma takes to get to the afterlife. It has a beautiful and magical sentiment throughout. Indian culture is mentioned throughout the book but the messages transcend any language. It is quite a long book so the age group is more for older children - 7-10?
Melissa Gill
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
When his much-loved Grandma passes away, Shashi is both grieved and puzzled. Amma takes him aside to reveal something amazing – that Grandma was now on her way to become a star! In the heavens above, she would join Grandpa, who was impatiently waiting for her. Shashi hides three of his favorite cream-filled cookies next to Grandma, for her to eat in case she gets hungry on her long journey. What follows is Grandma’s amazing adventure as she climbs up the magic ladder. When Shashi looks out of hi ...more
Graham Garrity
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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When young Shashi's much-loved Grandma dies he is left feeling saddened and confused. In an effort to ease his pain and help him come to terms with such a traumatic event, Shashi's mother tells him the story of The Magic Ladder. Now that Grandma is dead she is destined to become a star in the night sky. Her journey will take three days and she will get there by climbing the ladder. En route to the stars Shashi's Grandma spends time with a monkey, befriends a cloud and spends a comfortable night ...more
Maggie Larche
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a lovely folktale about a grandmother climbing a ladder to the stars after her death. She makes some friends -- a monkey, a cloud, the moon -- on her journey to reunite with her departed husband. Her story is bookended with her grandson Shasha's story and how he and his family deal with their grief over her passing. The story is straightforward enough for a child to follow along, but it really weaves an elegant tale out of its simple components.

This book also has beautiful, vivid illustr
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John
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is a very well written, interesting take on a tough subject, the passing of loved ones. Sometimes trying to explain what this means to little ones is not easy but this book has a theory that's both simple yet pleasing. The artwork is well done and the story flows well from beginning to end. You can feel the love that was put into the writing itself and it just makes the story even better. I enjoyed reading and even learned a little about a culture I'm not familiar with.
Tabitha Darling
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An exquisitely illustrated, decorated and finely polished children's picture book! With strong

themes from India, anyone, anywhere will enjoy it. I loved the intricate artwork, the multitude

of animals across each page, and the journey the book takes the reader on. A splendid little

book!
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