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4.12  ·  Rating details ·  311 ratings  ·  84 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 10th 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
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of 'Amazing Grace' / Readers Looking for Princess Stories with Depth
British author Mary Hoffman, who published her first story about a feisty, story-loving girl named Grace around twenty-five years ago, returns to her adventures in this fifth picture-book, this time addressing the "princess craze." When Grace's teacher announces that their school will have a float in the community parade, and that two girls from their class will be chosen to be princesses on that float, she is beside herself with excitement. She loves princesses, and the wonderful fairy-tales fr ...more
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
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wanted to re-read this book because I remember Grace from when I was a kid. I loved the artwork to the diverse characters. I like the fact that Grace and her teacher examined what it means to truly be a princess and she wanted Grace to do her own research and define being a princess on HER terms. I also liked that mentioned princesses from other cultures and how they included some history within the story . I love Grace books for little girls. They are truly timeless.
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.
Josephine Burks
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really loved the message of this book. Not all princesses need to wear frilly, fluffy, pink dresses. They can be adventurous and wear whatever they want. My daughters loved the book too. They even chose it!
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.
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Edie recommended this to me because her class read it in school. What a great princess book! A must read for all kids.
Michelle Grorud
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: girls
Pretty is more then just a dress.
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: heroine, picture
Liked the message but not the delivery.
Black Carrie
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good book with an uplifting message
Sophie Klockow
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ed-438
Connection: wanting to be a princess when I was little
Use in classroom: history of different real princesses from different countries, not just the disney image and what that job entails
Jenna Mills
Loved this. A great and an important read.
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, ...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
J-Lynn Van Pelt
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
Kelly Holmes
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.

Mainly, the text is too long--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.

But I wish Grace had played a larger role in discovering all the different types of princes
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
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.
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
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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. M

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