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Amazing Grace (Grace)

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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.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 2nd 1991 by Dial Books (first published 1991)
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In many ways, Amazing Grace, written by Mary Hoffman and illustrated by Caroline Binch, is a truly wonderful story for all children, with an inspiring text and evocative, descriptive illustrations. It has an important, affirming message that anyone can be anything he/she desires to be (any role, any job, any position), regardless of race, gender, social status etc.

I also find it both refreshing and encouraging that when it comes to the actual voting period, everyone in class votes for Grace to
"Grace was a girl who loved stories."

From this simple sentence Mary Hoffman goes on to write an inspiring and positive picture book for young children. It is full of optimism; a book with a message. And the message is, to follow your dreams. If you stay true to yourself, you can be whatever you want to be, regardless of what other people say.

Because Grace is a little girl who loves to imagine things, she "lives" her stories. She loves to to act them out, constantly adopting the roles she reads
“Amazing Grace” is a truly inspiring story from the mind of Mary Hoffman along with illustrations by Caroline Binch and it is about how an optimistic girl named Grace tries out for the role of Peter Pan even though her classmates thought that she cannot be Peter Pan. “Amazing Grace” is a truly inspirational story about believing in yourself no matter what other people say.

Mary Hoffman has done a magnificent job at writing this story as I honestly have never read a story that confronts the issues
Jul 24, 2015 Jamie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
This lives up to the title. Grace is one amazing girl with an incredible imagination!

She loves to act and creates all sorts or roles and scenes for herself. Sometimes alone, other times with her cat and supportive family. and how I loved her family, encouraging her and lettign her imagination thrive!! Even when others put her down her family finds a way to lift her back up and help her defy the odds. This was such a up-lifting book!

The art is well done, and just goes to show the depth or Grace
The watercolour illustrations in here are just gorgeous--it's lovely to see the tones of black people's skin painted with such care and detail--even the wrinkles on the grandmother's hands and feet! I love the detail of the cat, who is often accompanying Grace on her acting adventures.

This is overall an empowering fun book about a girl named Grace who loves stories--especially acting them out. The first part 0f the book focuses on all the different kinds of parts she loves to play: Joan of Arc,
Jan 26, 2013 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Title: Amazing Grace

Author: Mary Hoffman

Recommended Ages or grades: Preschool - 7

Amazing Grace is about a young girl named Grace who loves stories. She loves to read and she loves hearing about them. Often times, she would act out these stories playing the exciting parts. She would be Aladdin rubbing the magical lamp, Joan of Arc with her sword, and even pretending to be Hiawatha. One day in school, their teacher was going to put on the play of Peter Pan and Grace wanted to be Peter Pan along w
Carina Mcdonagh
Mar 28, 2012 Carina Mcdonagh rated it liked it
'Amazing Grace' by Mary Hoffman, tells the story of a girl called Grace who has a vivid imagination and loves to recreate famous roles and include her family in the fun. When the school auditions for the role of Peter Pan, Grace decides she wants to try out; despite the prejudices of her classmates, Grace's talents shine through. 'Amazing Grace' explores issues of sexism and racism in a child friendly way in situations that children can relate to.

This story would be useful when teaching childre
Julia Brumfield
Jun 30, 2016 Julia Brumfield rated it really liked it
It has been a while since I read this book and I didn't remember it having racism in it so it would probably be the first book I had read confronting racism. Really does show you, though, that children can read about something but never know what it is unless you teach it to them so most of the "-isms" we have are taught not passed on while it can be considered quite racist that all the ones making the bad "-isms" were white children if you want to throw that shoe around.

What made this a sure
Ariel Tyler
Oct 15, 2014 Ariel Tyler rated it really liked it
Amazing Grace is a book of realistic fiction about a little Black girl who believes she can do whatever she wants to do. Grace loves to read and embody different characters. Finally we come upon the day that's supposed to be an audition for Peter Pan. Grace wants to be Peter Pan but she is told by a classmate that she can't because she's Black and a girl. She takes offense to this and works really hard to be the best Peter Pan. And she is.

I loved this book growing up. The pictures are interestin
Alex Baugh
Feb 22, 2016 Alex Baugh rated it really liked it
I picked this book because my mother's name is Grace, and because I love the message that Grace can be anything she sets to mind on. Grace loves to hear and to make up stores, and then to act them out. Naturally, when her teacher announces that they will be performing Peter Pan, Grace wants to play Peter. But two of her classmates tell her she can't to that - after all, Grace isn't white and she isn't a boy. Discouraged, Grace's grandmother takes her to see the ballet Romeo and Juliet, starring ...more
Bibiana Jurado
Oct 14, 2014 Bibiana Jurado rated it it was amazing
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Jonathan Fowle
Mar 11, 2014 Jonathan Fowle rated it it was amazing
Grace lives with her Mum and Nana and she loves stories. Graces acts out these stories and enjoys playing the main characters and dressing up. She becomes everyone, regardless of race and gender, from Joan of Arc to Hannibal to Mowgli. One day in school,the teacher announces that they are going to be acting out Peter Pan. Straight away Grace volunteers to play Peter Pan. However, Raj says Grace can't be Peter Pan as Peter "is a boy's name" and Natalie says Grace can't be Peter Pan as "he wasn't ...more
May 10, 2016 Bridgette rated it it was amazing
In the book Amazing Grace Grace’s family consists of Grace, her mother and her grandmother. I think this is an accurate depiction of many families as not all households are a mother, father and children. The book shows discrimination and adversity. Grace’s school is putting on the play Peter Pan. When Grace, who loves acting, says she wanted to be Peter in the play children tell her she can’t because she is a girl and because she is black. I think this shows the typical ideas children have about ...more
Brittany Clark
Oct 15, 2014 Brittany Clark rated it it was amazing
Amazing Grace is a fictional story about Grace - a creative little girl who loves to act out stories! When her classmates put on the play "Peter Pan", Grace decides to try out for the lead role. However, some of her classmates insist that she can't possibly be Peter Pan, because she is a little black girl, not a little white boy. Frustrated and upset, Grace shares her concerns with her mother and grandmother, who help to remind her that she can be anything she wants to be. With her confidence re ...more
Cat Castillo
Apr 18, 2016 Cat Castillo rated it really liked it
At first, Amazing Grace doesn't look like a serious book that tackles racism and sexism at a childhood level, but it's pleasantly surprising how well it does both. The cover is a very cute light blue color with white and blue flowers. The title is very frilly curly purple lettering, with a little girl front and center flashing a giant cheesy toothless grin.
The story itself is very cute while being very serious, Grace is an active little girl who loves stories and acting. She acts out Joan of Arc
Caitlin Lawler
As we dive in to the worldly renowned Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman, we see that Grace is merely a young adolescent girl. Mary Hoffman takes us along Grace’s theatrical journey throughout her school year and the few obstacles she must overcome to achieve her dream of playing a character in the school play. The message of this book essentially appeals to all age ranges, “You can be anything you want if you put your mind to it.” Amazing Grace initially grasps the readers attention by informing the ...more
Cindy  H
Oct 27, 2014 Cindy H rated it it was amazing
Amazing Grace, written by Mary Hoffman, is a beautifully written fictional story about a little girl, named Grace, who exhibits strong will and determination to reach her dream, regardless of race and sex. In the story, Grace loved to read and act out stories, so she wanted to try out for the role of Peter Pan. Her classmates said that she can't because she was a girl and is black. Despite these obstacles, Grace got the role because she believed in herself. This book brings up a good topic of c ...more
Chris Fox
Sep 02, 2014 Chris Fox rated it really liked it
Amazing Grace
Mary Hoffman

The size and bright colors of this book along with the oil-painting-like feel of the illustrations cause it to immediately jump out at you. Grace, the main character of the short, has a personality you can feel throughout the pages. A very relatable character, she is vivacious and imaginative as well as adventurous and strong-willed.

Grace loves to read and use her imagination to go on pretend adventures- always being sure to step into the limelight casting herself as th
Jamila Kamal
Aug 17, 2012 Jamila Kamal rated it really liked it
'Amazing Grace' by Mary Hoffman, tells the story of a girl called Grace who has a vivid imagination and loves to recreate famous roles and includes her family in the fun. Grace really wants is to play the part of Peter Pan in the school play, but begins to doubt herself when she faces discrimination from other children because of her gender and the colour of her skin. With the help and support of her mother and grandmother Grace later realises that, despite what other people say, she is able to ...more
Makeba Nugent

This book is one of my all time favourites. I have been reading this book since I was in Key Stage 1 and I still love reading it now. It is now a book that I enjoy reading with my daughter and nieces.

"Grace was a girl who loved stories". It didn't matter where the stories came from, it could be " from books or on TV or in films or on the video or out of Nana's long memory. Grace just loved stories" (A bit like my daughter!). After listening, watching or reading stories, she would often "act them
Anna Harris
Jan 16, 2012 Anna Harris rated it it was amazing
Grace is a young girl who loves listening to and acting out stories. She can be - amongst other things - Joan of Arc, Anansi the Spiderman and Dick Whittington. However, what she really wants is to play the part of Peter Pan in the school play, but begins to doubt herself when other children comment on her gender and the colour of her skin. With the help and support of her mother and grandmother Grace later realises that, despite what other people say, she is able to achieve anything – as her gr ...more
Linda Musiba
Sep 08, 2013 Linda Musiba rated it really liked it
Amazing Grace is an endearing book about a young girl, called Grace. This book battles the underlying issues of discrimination in such a great and subtle way. Grace, who wants to act as Peter Pan in a school play, is told by her peers, Raj and Natalie, she cannot because of her gender and colour. In the end, with support from her family, Grace overcomes this hurdle and is made Peter Pan by her fantastic audition.

This book highlights how discrimination of race and gender can occur in everyday si
Muireann Mc Gowan
May 10, 2012 Muireann Mc Gowan rated it it was amazing
The book tells the stunning story about a little girl named Grace. Grace loves stories of all kinds but she especially loves to act them out and always gives herself the most exciting part. However, one day when Grace is given the chance to take on the role of ‘Peter Pan’ in her school play she is upset to hear all of the children tell her she can’t because most importantly she’s not a boy and Peter Pan was not black. Grace is a fun and imaginative child who never allowed her race or gender to d ...more
Courtney Watson
Sep 01, 2014 Courtney Watson rated it really liked it
This book showed some great literature throughout it. It shows kids how if they really put the work in, they could really become whatever they want. It doesn't matter shape, size, color, or race you could be anything. Not only does it mention great literature throughout the story, but also some important history as well. It gives students hope to become whatever they put their mind to.
Jun 17, 2012 Abid rated it really liked it
I remember reading Amazing Grace it when I was a child it still brings back warm memories. The book references Disney Movies such as Aladdin and Peter Pan as well as other stories like The Jungle Book and Joan of Arc. I enjoyed how Grace took on the role of multiple characters like pirates, explorers, a spider, and a doctor. I especially think that this book can be of great use in the classroom because of its core message. In the book Grace is taught that she can be anything she sets her mind to ...more
Jul 28, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it
I loved how inspiring this book was, and I loved the beautiful artwork, so while I did not absolutely love the book, I did really, really like it.
I am amazed that I have not read this book sooner. Grace is an inspiration to all children, especially those with ambition to succeed no matter what others think!
Monique Clem
Jan 17, 2013 Monique Clem rated it it was amazing
Age group: P-7
Author: Mary Hoffman & Caroline Binch

I found this book amazing and very encouraging for young girls and boys. I liked the book because it showed that no matter what people say you can do anything you want to do; which is what Grace's Nana and Ma told her all the time. Grace has a very active and wild imagination that would appeal to other child as well. When Grace wants to try out for her school play as Peter Pan her classmates put her down saying, "she's not a boy and that she
Kathy Davie
Mar 18, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
This is a lovely story of encouraging kids to do and be anything they want. Grace is amazing with her imagination and willingness to try anything. And so much can be attributed to her mom and Nana.

Nana tells Grace stories and Grace becomes the stories (with her cat’s companionship!). When Grace’s class decides to put on the play, Peter Pan, Grace decides to audition for the part---and does that girl fly!

If more parents were as supportive of their kids as Ma and Nana, our world would have many, m
Mar 18, 2013 Brigida rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound...Grace is an imaginative girl who lives for adventure. She goes from character to character as she sees fit. One day at school, she wants to be Peter Pan for a school play. Unfortunately, a boy in her class told her she couldn't because she was a girl and she was black. Grace came back defeated but her parents wouldn't have it. They took her to a play where the dancer was African American like her. This gave her the power to try out for Peter Pen. Did she get ...more
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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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