President Obama’s Sister Writes Children Book

Maya Soetoro-Ng, more widely known as the sister of President Barack Obama, has just written her first children’s story, Ladder to the Moon. The book follows the journey of two characters, Suhaila and Grandma Annie, to the moon. Suhaila happens to be the name of Soetoro-Ng’s seven-year-old daughter, while Ann was the name of her mother.
An assistant professor in the College of Education at the University of Hawaii, Soetoro-Ng was born in Jakarta, Indonesia. Educated on the island of Java yet attending high school at Punahou on the island of Oahu, Soetoro-Ng earned her Ph. D at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Ladder to the Moon is a compassionate, beautifully written tale that shares the worldview of human interconnectedness that Soetoro-Ng’s mother, Ann Dunham, believed and practiced. Interestingly enough, it is not the only book that has just been released about Ann Dunham. A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother by Janny Scott was published this past May. A thorough and exhaustively researched biography, the book explores the fascinating story of the mother of the 44th President of the United States. Don’t forget to pack both of these books on your next tour of Hawaii!

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