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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  255 Ratings  ·  77 Reviews
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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Aug 08, 2008 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
May 10, 2010 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.
Sau Tsui
A lovely diverse book involving a girl named Grace who lives with her mother and grandmother. At the book beginning, Grace has been brought up reading fiction fairytales in which she believes princesses are based on beautiful gowns and looking pretty although throughout the book it progresses in grace learning about what it is truly like to be a princess as there are many forms of them. As the book progresses Grace develops her own princess identity in which she comes to realise that she is not ...more
Sau Tsui
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
A lovely diverse book involving a girl named Grace who lives with her mother and grandmother. At the book beginning, Grace has been brought up reading fiction fairytales in which she believes princesses are based on beautiful gowns and looking pretty although throughout the book it progresses in grace learning about what it is genuinely like to be a princess as there are many forms of them. As the book progresses, Grace develops her own princess identity in which she comes to realize that she is ...more
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
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Mar 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I am loving this book lately. We have oodles of little girls that love princess books and they have moms that don't love pink wearing, girly, can't do anything on their own except get rescued by a man princesses. This book shows that there are lots of types of princesses who did great things besides get rescued by a man. Princesses come in all shapes, sizes, and colors.
Babette Reeves
Sep 29, 2008 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
Sarah Brandt
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Princess Grace talks about what princesses really do. I think this book would be important to have in your classroom. The book talks about Princesses from all over the world including Kenya and China. The book shows how each of the princesses dressed as well.
Ms. Jeane
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved loved LOVED this story! I am hoping that this story can open my daughters eyes to the different REAL LIFE princesses there have been throughout history that are not set in a a white.
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
Margaux Brink
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A young girl named Grace had always dreamed of being a princess, then the day came when she finally had the opportunity to be one. Her class was putting on a parade for her town in which two girls would be able to be princesses. Before being nominated, Grace went home and asked her grandma to make a princess costume for her. Her grandmother then explained that there is more than one type of princess. The following day in class, Grace asked her teacher about all the various types of princ
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
Oct 19, 2014 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
Oct 22, 2013 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
Sae Heo
Jan 25, 2013 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
Jun 20, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Encourages girls to decide for themselves about the obsession little girls have with fairy princesses. Since my daughter started kindy at the local public school she's learnt all about fairy princesses. I hate fairy princesses. There is a whole world out there and what should be a tiny sliver of life becomes this all encompassing lifestyle of pretty dresses and Frozen songs. I like this book because it doesn't force the message, simply provides some information to help girls decide for themselve ...more
Jan 19, 2009 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
Apr 14, 2013 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
Mar 22, 2010 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.
Sep 24, 2009 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
Shira Burns
Sep 19, 2010 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
Dec 02, 2013 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
Winnie Kuster
Nov 02, 2013 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
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
this is one of my favorite princess themed story time books. it works best for a older age group of story time kids because it is a bit long, but I think its well worth it! it had a great look at the different kinds of princesses around the world and how they all have different strengths. I also really like how it doesn't put down one kind of princess over another. I made a felt dress up game with Grace and the different princess outfits that I let the kids play with after story time if anyone i ...more
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
There is so much right about this book. It includes all cultures, it include boys and girls, and it doesn't shut down the idea of the pink and fluffy princess. I also like that it didn't hijack the original float with the queen and two princesses, but that the class ended up getting their own to have their all-inclusive prince/princess float. Also, what a great introduction to exploring fairy tales from other cultures. Let the Cinderella readings begin!
Apr 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
"There's more than one way to be pretty" Nana says.

What an excellent princess book! Grace wants to be chosen to be the princess in the school parade. But she learns that there is more to being a princess than being "pink and floaty." She learns that there are more kinds of princesses that just the fairytale kinds! She decides to be the kind that has adventures and dresses in West African Kente robes!

Autumn Bumgarner
Final Project: Great book for little girls to read! Its showing them that the princesses they see in movies are fairy tails and not real but if you looking history princesses come in all shapes and sizes and with different stories on why they are are princess. This book shows little girls that being a different kind of princess is ok and everyone should have a chance to be a prince or princess of something in their life.
Feb 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
I was a little worried about this book at first because I thought it might be preachy, and it was a little, but Princess stereotypes are such a big issue, one wonders if a book can be too heavy handed about it. One thing is I find myself feeling for the boys in this story more than the girls, they're being really excluded until the very end. I like that the picture actually shows more powerful versions of princesses so that they can have another image to aspire too.
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.
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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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