Grace at Christmasby Mary Hoffman, Cornelius VanWright (Illustrator)
Grace loves everything about Christmas, especially acting out all the parts in the Nativity. But when strangers come to stay with Grace and her family, she wants to say "no room at the inn." Will Grace learn to give up the spotlight and make these new friends feel welcome? Just in time for the twentieth anniversary of Amazing Grace, the newest addition to the acclaimed series will capture the hearts of established fans and new readers alike.
Mary Hoffman's books featuring this spirited character have earned considerable critical acclaim. Amazing Grace was an ALA Notable book and a Booklist Editors' Choice, and Princess Grace was a Bank Street Best Books of the Year selection.
"A contemporary holiday story with no shortage of heart." - Publishers Weekly
"It's a heartwarming tale and the watercolor illustrations showcase Grace's charisma." - The Tampa Tribune
Many faith traditions and cultures advocate welcoming the stranger to the table of fellowship, and Grace learns this lesson firsthand when her family hosts a mother-daughter pair for Christmas.
Grace is a vibrant, naturally appealing girl who has previously starred in several picture books and a chapter book about different aspects of her life with Ma, Nana and her cat, Paw-Paw (Princess Grace, 2008, etc.). She loves acting and dress-up, and in this tale she acts out the Nativity story, pressing her family members into service in multiple roles. Grace is resentful when Anita and her daughter Savannah are invited to stay for Christmas, but the two girls quickly become friends through shared creative play and their mutual experience of being separated from their fathers at Christmas. Savannah's aunt, a professional ballet dancer, joins the group for Christmas dinner and participates in another re-enactment of the Nativity story, followed by an impromptu ballet performance. Softly shaded watercolor illustrations capture the emotions and facial expressions of the characters and provide intriguing patterns and textures in clothing details and decorations. In a few places, the illustrations do not match specific descriptions in the text, which sharp-eyed young readers are sure to notice.
Grace learns some subtle lessons about sharing and being open to unexpected gifts, adding an additional layer of meaning to her name.(Picture book. 4-8)
- Penguin Publishing Group
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 3 - 5 Years
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.
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