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Amazing Grace (1991)

by Mary Hoffman

Other authors: Caroline Binch (Illustrator)

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Series: Grace

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Although a classmate says that she cannot play Peter Pan in the school play because she is black, Grace discovers that she can do anything she sets her mind to do.
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Independent Reading Level: Grades 2-4
Awards: Best Books for Young Adults (1997)
  SteviePearce | May 2, 2022 |
"Grace loves to act out her favorite stories, taking every part from Joan of Arc to Mowgli. But when her class learns that they will be doing Peter Pan, the other kids tell Grace she can't have the lead: Peter's neither black nor a girl. Fortunately, Nana and Ma have contagious confidence in Grace's ability, and at the tryouts the class also agrees that Grace is best. It's easy to catch the wholesomely assertive spirit here—as Binch does, in this excellent debut, with her detailed, realistic watercolors; vibrant Grace almost springs from the page. (Picture book. 4-8)" www.kirkusreviews.com
  CDJLibrary | Dec 2, 2021 |
Grace loves stories, whether they're from books, movies, or the kind her grandmother tells. So when she gets a chance to play a part in Peter Pan, she knows exactly who she wants to be. Remarkable watercolor illustrations give full expression to Grace's high-flying imagination.
  CovenantPresMadison | Aug 26, 2021 |
Grades PreK-4; Guided Reading Level L
  Pathway | Jan 1, 2021 |
Amazing Grace / written by Mary Hoffman; illustrated by Caroline Binch -- New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, c1991. (28 pages) RANGE 3 -- PICTURE BOOKS

SUMMARY: Grace loves stories: She loves listening to them, she loves reading them, and she loves making them up. Most of all, Grace loves to act them out - and she always gives herself the most exciting role.

So when her class decides to put on a play of PETER PAN, Grace knows exactly which part she wants. But most of her classmates don't understand -- how can a girl be Peter Pan? With her characteristic confidence and energy, it's up to Grace to prove she can do anything she puts her mind to...and the results are amazing indeed!

Caroline Binch's remarkable watercolors bring Grace's high-flying imagination to life in the perfect book to send young spirits soaring. (Bookjacket)

REVIEW: I read this book when it was first published in 1991 and it quickly became a favorite. The thing I liked most was the beautiful illustrations that captured Grace's determination and creative spirit. Also notice Grace's cat following along as she re-enacts her stories. A great story to teach young people to believe in themselves (especially African-American girls). I also like the strong women characters -- Grace is supported by both mother and especially grandmother.

NOTE: Grace has been so popular that she appears in many other stories. ( )
  pjburnswriter | Oct 21, 2020 |
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Mary Hoffmanprimary authorall editionscalculated
Binch, CarolineIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Tyne DalyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Grace was a girl who loved stories.
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Grace wants to play Peter Pan in the school play. Her classmates think she cannot do it because she is black and also a girl. She decides she can do whatever she wants to do.
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