Amazing Grace

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Overview

Grace can do or be anything she wants to be! Now Grace’s aspirations come to life with paper dolls that make it possible for children—and adults—to dress her in many of the roles she plays in the best-selling book Amazing Grace. Amazing Grace Paper Dolls will provide children with hours of fun, while at the same time encouraging them to develop confidence and self-esteem. For optimum sales appeal, several enhancements have been included: - A press-out theater trunk for storing the entire wardrobe - A stage ...
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Overview

Grace can do or be anything she wants to be! Now Grace’s aspirations come to life with paper dolls that make it possible for children—and adults—to dress her in many of the roles she plays in the best-selling book Amazing Grace. Amazing Grace Paper Dolls will provide children with hours of fun, while at the same time encouraging them to develop confidence and self-esteem. For optimum sales appeal, several enhancements have been included: - A press-out theater trunk for storing the entire wardrobe - A stage backdrop featuring a foil spotlight to show how Grace will look on stage playing any of her many roles - A special page for designing and coloring one’s own creations

Winner, 2001 Texas Review Poetry Prize and Finalist, 2002 Spur Award (Western Writers of America)

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Grace loves stories, and with a boundless imagination she acts them all out. One day, her teacher asks who would like to play the lead in the play Peter Pan. Grace eagerly raises her hand, but Raj tells her she isn't a boy, and Natalie tells her she can't because she is black. Nana sets Grace straight: she can do anything she sets her mind to! Grace's talent bursts forth, and she wins the audition hands down. Binch's radiant illustrations add to this inspiring story.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``Grace was a girl who loved stories.'' Empowered by the strength of her imagination and the love of her mother and Nana, this dramatic, creative girl constantly adopts roles and identities: Joan of Arc, Anansi the Spider, Hiawatha, Mowgli, Aladdin. When her class plans a presentation of Peter Pan , ``Grace knew who she wanted to be.'' She holds fast despite her classmates' demurrals; Nana, meanwhile, reminds her granddaughter that she can do anything she imagines. When Nana takes Grace to see a famous black ballerina--``from back home in Trinidad''--the determined youngster is aroused by the performance, and wins the role of her dreams. Featuring colloquial dialogue and endearing characters, Hoffman's ( My Grandma Has Black Hair ) tale is truly inspiring. First-timer Birch contributes evocative, carefully detailed watercolor paintings, which add their own share of emotional power and personal passion. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Grace dreams of being Peter Pan in the school play. She refuses to let the fact that she is a girl, and also of African American descent, stand in her way. It is a warm wonderful story of girl who reaches beyond stereotyping to achieve her dream.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Grace loves stories and acting. From Joan of Arc to Hiawatha, she has played them all, at least in her own backyard. When she learns that "Peter Pan" will be her class's next production, she sees herself flying. Her peers don't think she's right for the part. "Peter is a boy." "Peter isn't black." Grace is affected by these comments, but she is not deterred. With her supportive family there is no doubt the Grace can do anything she desires. Ms. Binch's talent for portraiture places this book in a class by itself.
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
In this story, Grace snags the leading role of Peter Pan and plays it to perfection, despite classmates' warnings that girls and blacks shouldn't try to act that part.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-- Grace loves stories, whether she hears them, reads them, or makes them up. Possessed with a marvelous imagination as well as a strong flair for the dramatic, she acts the stories out, always giving herself the most exciting parts. Thus, it is natural when her teacher announces a classroom production of Peter Pan , that Grace wants to play the lead. One classmate says she can't because she's a girl and another says she can't because she's black. When a saddened Grace relates the days events to her mother and grandmother, they tell her she can be anything she wants to, if she puts her mind to it. Inspired by her family's support, her own indomitable spirit, and an excursion to a weekend ballet starring a lovely Trinidadian dancer, Grace shines during her audition, leaving no doubt in anyone's mind as to who will play Peter Pan. Gorgeous watercolor illustrations portraying a determined, talented child and her warm family enhance an excellent text and positive message of self-affirmation. Grace is an amazing girl and this is an amazing book. --Anna DeWind, Milwaukee Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613692304
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/2/1950
  • Format: Library Binding

Meet the Author

Mary Hoffman has written more than 70 books for children, and her powers of observation bring vitality and humour to all her stories and retellings.

Her previous titles for Dorling Kindersley include Henry's Baby and A First Bible Story Book. Her best-known picture books are Amazing Grace, Three Wise Women, and An Angel Just Like Me. Mary lives in Oxfordshire with her husband and they have three daughters. The girls were brought up on myths and legends, of which Mary and her husband have an extensive collection.
Caroline Binch lives in Cornwall, England.

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  • Posted April 7, 2012

    WE LOVE GRACE!

    Amazing Grace will appeal to girls who like Pinkalicious and Fancy Nancy. All of them love girly things but Grace (like Nancy) really love to have adventures and explore which sets them as top picks when I select books for my daughter. Also I think it is important to show books (and TV/movies) featuring children of different cultures so all children can see in media images that really reflects the diverse world we live in.

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  • Posted April 2, 2010

    Perfect for Little Ones

    I bought this book for my 4-year-old neice without having read it myself. I loved it and so did she. It's inspiring and almost made me cry. She requests it every night at bedtime!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2007

    Try, try, try!

    Teaches kids that they can do whatever they put their mind to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2001

    Reach for the stars!!

    This story is one of encouragment for young minds. My 7 year old daughter loved it,...It teaches that no matter what you're situation,....you still have dreams and if you're willing to follow through with them then anything can happen! Great book for building self-esteem!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2001

    The Best Childrens Book Ever Written!!!!

    This is the best book ive ever read!! I got this book when i was really little and i still read it every month! Amazing Grace's courage makes you wanting to read it forever!If ya haven't read this childrens book you haven't lived- and ya don't know what a good book is!!!

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