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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
“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
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
'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
Ariel Tyler
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
Bibiana Jurado
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Jonathan Fowle
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
Brittany Clark
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
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
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
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
'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
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
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
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
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.
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
Monique Clem
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
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
My knee-jerk reflex against sloppy moralizing probably kept me from picking up this book for so long. What a mistake! Grace is the kind of joyful, assertive little girl whose struggle with the illusive boundaries of race and gender never get in the way of her boundless imagination. I very much appreciate the subtleties of Hoffman's storytelling and the vivid artwork. I am already bracing myself for the day(s) when my own daughter will be confronted with prejudice and its history in America - hop ...more
This book touched me on more of a personal level, when my teacher read me this book as a child I thought "Wow, I can do anything!" being an African American woman there are things that people say and do to keep us as an African American community from moving forward but we are no different from anyone else and we can be successful. From this book we saw that Grace was able to do whatever she wanted to do if she put her mind to it and she had a support system to encourage her if she ever started ...more
Kathy Gunn

Grace loves stories of all kinds, and she loves acting out the parts even more! When the opportunity to tryout for Peter Pan in her class's performance of "Peter Pan," she has doubts creep into her mind when her classmates tell her she can't do it. Her wise grandmother and mother convince her otherwise. She learns that she can do anything she sets her mind to do no matter if she is a boy or girl or the color of her skin.

Themes: Pretend, watercolor paintings, ethnicity, African-American, dr
Amanda Deatherage
Grace is a very imaginative little girl. She loves playing pretend. She has been a pirate, an explorer, a doctor, and much much more. So naturally she wants the lead in the class play-Peter Pan. Many of her fellow classmates also want the role so the teacher says they will hold auditions. Grace is excited until one of her classmates tells her she can't be Peter Pan because she's a girl, and another tells her she can't play Peter because she's black. That weekend her grandmother takes her to a ba ...more
Anna Dipprey
I really really love this book! Amazing Grace has a great message and spot on illustrations. I was able to relate to this book immediately. Grace is a very imaginative little girl who love to act out stories.

Read aloud for enrichment:
I think a lot of students will be able to relate to this story because many children in elementary school are very imaginative and like to act out stories they hear. This book teaches that you can do anything you put your mind to.
This book alludes to othe
Megan Koval
This book is about a young girl named Grace who is incredibly ambitious and loved to hear stories. She loved to play the role of different characters in stories, so when she learned that her class was going to do the play of Peter Pan, Grace decided she wanted to be Peter. Kids told her that it would not be possible because she was a girl and she was black. After talking to her family, she decided that it should not stop her. She practiced very hard and ended up getting the part.

I really enjoy
Aryana Ahmad
A girl can become Peter Pan, right? What about an African American girl, can she become Peter Pan? Well this story is about an African American girl becoming Peter Pan even though everyone says stuff about her she pushes through and does a heck of job becoming Peter Pan.
Personal Reaction - This book is really enjoyable and interesting it is not like the rest of the picture books. This book helps explain basically if you set your mind to things and although you hear negativity about it you shoul
Courtney Weber
Personal Reaction:
Amazing Grace really is amazing. I know that a lot of children growing up can be bullied, or shy, or even convinced out of things they really want to do very easily. There were several times growing up when someone tells you that you cannot do something that you either believed them, or you tried your best to prove them wrong. Grace proved everyone wrong, and I just think it is such a sweet book with a great moral lesson.

I think this book is more aimed towards kindergar
Gracie Larcher
Overall, I enjoyed reading Amazing Grace, not only were the illustrations beautiful but the story line was interesting as well. Grace is an inspiring young girl, and I think in one way or another a lot of students could find themselves relating to Graces story.

I believe Amazing Grace would be a great story to incorporate to the classroom and it would be appropriate for several different kinds of situations as well as a wide rang of ages. Children between Kindergarten and Second Grade would bene
Amazing Grace
Mary Hoffman and Caroline Binch.

Mary Hoffman’s Amazing Grace tells the story of a young girl called Grace, who is Joan of Arc: Anansi the Spiderman, a wooden horse, an Alps explorer, a parrot, Hiawatha, Mowgli, Duke of Whittington and Aladdin. Grace is all these characters in her imagination, when she play acts at home in front of her Nana and mother. Grace loved stories, but what she loved more was to play the main character in all the stories she heard, even if the main characters
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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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