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Grace has the chance to be a princess in the school parade. But what does a princess do, apart from wearing beautiful clothes and looking pretty? Does she have to be pink and floaty, with a crown? Grace and her friends start finding out about princesses in China, Egypt, the Philippines and Zimbabwe.
Hardcover, 28 pages
Published December 1st 2008 by Frances Lincoln Ltd (first published January 1st 2008)
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Anne
Aug 08, 2008 Anne rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: children 3-10
Shelves: children
My 3-year old is obsessed with princesses, so on a recent trip to the library when she got her very own library card and saw this book on the shelf, she knew she had to check this book out first.

I'm getting a little wary of the whole princess thing and have been trying to direct her to some additional interests and role models. I'm not ANTI princess, mind you. I just want her to branch out a little, teeny, itsy-bitsy bit.

We got home and opened this book, and I couldn't love it more if I tried. G
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Brigid
Jul 13, 2013 Brigid rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
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Marianne
Oct 19, 2014 Marianne rated it really liked it
Princess Grace is a story set in the city about an African American girl who loves to pretend to be a princess. When her teacher tells her there will be two girls from Grace's class to be a princess in the town's parade, Grace immediately tells her Nana that she needs her to make a princess dress for her to be in the parade. Grace's Nana suggests that Grace asks her teacher what princesses do since all the princess books that Grace knows of, princesses don't do much. Grace's teacher brings in to ...more
Babette Reeves
Sep 29, 2008 Babette Reeves rated it really liked it
From the same author who wrote Amazing Grace ten years ago (can a black girl be Peter Pan in the school play?), a great take on the whole Disney etc. princess craze. Looks at the question, "What does it really mean?" in ways that takes the children involved (including some boys)seriously, doesn't lecture or preach, and opens up options.

Recommended ages: for all those "into" princesses
Roy
May 10, 2010 Roy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-children
As the father of a princess obsessed little girl who has learned via parenting that obsessions and insecurities about appearance starts amazingly early with girls, I greatly appreciate a book such as this one which shows that there's much more to being a princess (what do they do beside look pretty is the question that sets this story rolling) than the Disney variety.
Elizabeth
Given that my (and most everyone's) introduction to Grace was Amazing Grace , I was thrown by the opening of this book -- "Grace had wanted to be a princess for as long as she could remember" versus Amazing Grace's "After she had heard them, and sometimes while they were still going on, Grace would act then out. And she always gave herself the most exciting part." The parts listed in Amazing Grace are: Joan of Arc, Anansi the Spider, hiding inside the wooden horse outside the gates of Troy, ex ...more
Gina
Oct 22, 2013 Gina rated it it was ok
Shelves: clothing
This narrative tells about the royal community from the perspective of a school teacher. Grace, the main character is selected to be a princess in the town parade and wants the perfect princess costume to look like a princess. Grace teacher explains to her that princesses are more than a pretty dress. The narrator focuses on countries from Kenya to China. As a future educator I will use this text to teach about what students may play as dress up other countries express who they are by the clothe ...more
Roshunda Harris
Mary Hoffman did an excellent job with this book. The main character, Grace starts off the story wanting to be a princess in the school's parade. In her mind her princess dress had to be pink and floaty. With coaching from her Nana, mother, and teacher Graces learns that princesses come from many diverse cultures and not all princesses are the same. In her final decision on what type of princess she wanted to be, Grace chose to be an African Princess with Kente attire. Grace learned that there i ...more
Sae Heo
Jan 30, 2013 Sae Heo rated it really liked it
Shelves: culture, identity
Children can learn many things from this book "Princess Grace". This book shows that people are unique and different in their lives. Grace's school had an annal community festival that girls got to be queens in the parade. This book shows that princess's custom is like a christmas tree fairy in a pink and flaty dress not at all. Grace was enjoying her West African Kente robes in parade. Other friends wear their countries' pincess coustom in parade. They were very proud of their culture through t ...more
CalamityMane
Mary Hoffman is back on track with this one.

I do love the way that Grace isn't perfect, the way she learns to change and adapt, and the way her enthusiasm and desire to learn often rubs off on her friends and classmates. I like the subtle "it takes a village" thread that runs through (Nana makes someone else's child a dress because her mother doesn't have the time).

Grace really is a Mighty Girl.
J-Lynn
A new book in the Amazing Grace series, this book follows Grace as she learns about princesses. Grace wants to be a princess in the school parade and asks her mom and grandmother to make her a princess costume. When they ask Grace what a princess looks like, Grace tries to define what it means to be a princess. She quickly learns that princesses are much more than frilly pink dresses. She learns about African and Chinese princesses who fought for their people and about a modern princess who was ...more
Jill
Dec 31, 2014 Jill rated it liked it
A book about what a princess is, does, and wears - beyond the movie-brand of fairytale princesses. (Don't get me started on the princesses in the fairy tales versus the marketed version we see plastered everywhere.)

It was good. I appreciated the notes at the end further explaining the real-life princesses who had been mentioned in the book.
Shannon
Mar 31, 2014 Shannon rated it really liked it
This book makes no mention of any West African countries specifically, but Moira loves princesses, and I love princess books that have diverse princesses. Grace's class has a chance to ride on a float as a princess, and so they all spend some time learning about different princesses and princes from different countries.
Mary
Oct 25, 2009 Mary rated it really liked it
From Booklist
After several chapter books, Hoffman returns to the original picture-book format for the series that started with Amazing Grace (1991). Grace’s teacher announces that two girls will ride on the school’s float as princesses. Initially excited about wearing a fairy-tale costume, Grace realizes that world folklore and history offer more varied and dynamic interpretations of the princess theme. On parade day, Grace and her classmates dress as royalty from different cultures; Grace wears
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Amar Pai
Jun 01, 2015 Amar Pai rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-books
As usual w/ the Grace books, lovely emotionally expressive art carries the story. And it's nice to read books w/ single moms, female protagonists who aren't blond and blue eyed, homes that aren't pastoral/rural 2 acre lots with forests in the backyard.
Kelly
Jan 19, 2009 Kelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, picture-book
I love the message of this picture book--that not all princesses wear poofy dresses and sit around looking pretty all day. But unfortunately, I don't think it was executed as well as it could have been.[return][return]Mainly, the text is too long--I think a lot could have been cut out to distill the story down to the essentials. I like the information about other cultures that's included without hitting you over the head with it.[return][return]But I wish Grace had played a larger role in discov ...more
Courtney
Mar 22, 2010 Courtney rated it really liked it
On the cover of this book is a picture of a smiling girl dressed in a pink princess costume, topped with a tiara.

This did not seem appealing.

I generally try to avoid books that depict girls in stereotypical roles. The picture on the cover did not bode well, but from the other book I had read by Mary Hoffman, I expected the book to be more substantial, and carry an empowering message.

It is, and it does. The book starts out with Grace wanting to be a pretty, pretty princess in a fluffy pink dress.
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Ashley
Sep 30, 2015 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
An awesome princess story! It teaches a great lesson that princesses don't have to just be pink and frilly dresses. Hoffman does a great job yet again making Grace into a strong girl who defies girly girl stereotypes in the end.
Amy Jones
Aug 05, 2015 Amy Jones rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-for-mia
A little above my toddler's level, I'd still like to get it for her. I love the message about celebrating differences and how real princesses can be badasses. Also love that it's a black main character.
Tamara
Apr 15, 2013 Tamara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: text-set
This is a great book. I like that the author Hoffman, uses the same character Grace in her books. This is the third 'Grace' story I read, so I really feel a connection with the main character already. In this story Grace wants to be selected as a princess for the school parade. she soon realizes and thinks about what kind of princess she wants to be. She ends up dressing in her African clothing with fabric from her grandmother. Throughout the book, Grace and the audience, learn about other princ ...more
Phannie
Feb 14, 2014 Phannie rated it it was amazing
This book is a good introduction to the different kinds of princesses in our world. They do not dress or act like each other. They are individuals that make a difference.
Shira Burns
Sep 19, 2010 Shira Burns rated it really liked it
If you have read Amazing Grace and loved it, you will also love Princess Grace. In this text Grace’s teacher announces two girls will be chosen to be princesses in the school parade. At first, Grace is excited about possibly being chosen to be a fairy tale stereotypical princess. Grace then learns that real princesses did not really live those fairy tale lives, instead they were warriors, business women, and scientist. Which type of princess do you think Grace wants to portray in the school para ...more
Rainey
Aug 27, 2015 Rainey rated it really liked it
*3.5 Stars*

A very fun book about princesses from all over the world and the importance of inclusion.
Jennifer
Jul 17, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2g-4g, fairytale
I like it; kids I read it to didnt seem to as much... But I might have aimed it at too low a level (k)
Marya
Dec 02, 2013 Marya rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
What a great, feminist, empowering book. The main character realizes that the pink fluffy fairytale princess is not the only princess model out there. Once all the children question this stereotype, it's not long before the entire class joins the parade as princesses and princes of all different traditions. And these princesses can DO things besides look pretty!

It's a great sentiment, and maybe we'll eventually get there, but for now, my little one sees absolutely no contradiction between traips
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Winnie Kuster
Nov 02, 2013 Winnie Kuster rated it really liked it
Grace proved that you can be anything you want and that families are what you make them, now discovers that there's more than one way to be a princess. Grace has the chance to be a princess in a school parade. But what does a princess do, apart from wearing beautiful clothes and looking pretty? Does she have to be pink and floaty, with a crown? Grace and her friends start finding out about princesses in China, Egypt, the Philippines and Zimbabwe - and on the day of the parade, helped by Ma and N ...more
Felita
Mar 03, 2015 Felita rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Grace never ceases to amaze me. She bright, always thinking and has a good heart.
Melinda Keough
Jul 18, 2015 Melinda Keough rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
Solid message. Smooth reading. But not a book I'd want to read over and over.
Bobby
Feb 11, 2015 Bobby rated it liked it
Almost 4 stars but a bit too wordy.
Lisa Swope
May 08, 2014 Lisa Swope rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Princesses come in all styles.
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Mary Hoffman is a bestselling British author and reviewer, born in 1945. She is a true enthusiast of Italy and spends a lot of her time there, which shows in her Stravaganza novels: a series currently in publication. In total, she has written over 80 books, including the aforementioned Stravaganza series and the bestselling picture book, Amazing Grace. Mary is also the editor of a review magazine ...more
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