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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books; New edition edition (1 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845077490
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845077495
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 0.7 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grace rightly thinks she can be anything or anyone she wants to be: Joan of Arc, Hiawatha, Helen of Troy, Mowgli from The Jungle Book... and Peter Pan in the school play. But when her classmates tell her she can't play Peter Pan because she's a girl, and because she's black, Grace gets downhearted. When Grace's grandmother proves, through a positive black role model, that Grace really can be anyone she wants to be, Grace believes in herself once more--just in time for the auditions.

Amazing Grace is a modern tale of hopes, aspirations and role models, that is pitched perfectly for the very young reader. Simple language describes an everyday situation that transforms Grace into an extraordinary girl. A wonderful, hopeful, and yet realistic, story for today's children. --Lucie Naylor

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Children need to read at home every day to practise the reading skills that they have been taught. Here are some tips to help make Amazing Grace part of your child's reading routine:

  • choose a time when you and your child both want to read, sit somewhere comfortable and quiet.
  • before you begin to read, get a "feel" for the book by looking at the cover, front and back and talking about it.
  • let your child hold the book and turn the pages. Look at the pictures.
  • look for the little details--they help the child to understand what the book is about.
  • let your child "read" the book to you by talking about each picture.
  • read the book again and again if you both enjoy it.
If used to support learning at home, Amazing Grace can help young readers achieve the targets for Key Stage One English: Reading. (Ages 5 to 9 years) --Amanda York --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This was a groundbreaking book about race and gender when it was first published, and it remains an absolute standard - brilliantly told with superb artwork.

(The Ultimate First Book Guide)

Provides an opening for talking about race, gender and self-esteem with young children.

(Julia Eccleshare 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ANITA L BENDON on 8 Feb. 2003
Format: Paperback
Grace is a girl who likes to act, to dance and to sing. When she decides to try out for the part of Peter Pan, in her school play, she has to overcome the doubts of her classmates. 'Amazing Grace' is beautifully illustrated and deals with prejudice in a way that young children can understand.
I brought the book because I noticed that my four-year-old goddaughter was very selective about the dolls and books she preferred. She eventually admitted, 'I like light skin. I don't like dark skin.'
When my goddaughter saw the 'dark skinned' girl illustrated on the cover she said, 'I don't want THAT book!' I told her it was about a girl who enjoyed dressing-up and dancing like a ballerina, 'A little girl just like you.' She really enjoyed the story and asked me to read it to her three more times in the space of an hour!
'Amazing Grace' is a great way of beginning to explore diversity with young children. It should be on every four-year-old's bookshelf.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Craig HALL OF FAME on 29 Jan. 2003
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I love this picture book, not only because it's one of the few which has a black protagonist (instead of being added into a picture as a token multiracial statement) but because Grace herself is such a great character, and her yearnings will be recognised by any child. She wants to play Peter Pan in the school play, but not only is she not a boy, but black. However, her strong-minded granny supports her, and Grace triumphs. Funny, ground-breaking and full of couragae and optimism, this lovely book should grace every child's shelf.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Maynes on 2 Dec. 2009
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Myself and My 3 Year old daughter both love this book. Me because it revolves around a family unit that comprises all girls (just like ours) and it all seems very normal. My Daughter because she loves the idea that Grace can be anything she wants to be and it is ok.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By princess_lisaed on 21 May 2011
Format: Paperback
A truly fantastic story that my 5 year old can really identify with. He has recently experienced racist comments at school and was feeling quite sad about it. This story was a good way of building his confidence again and showing him that he should rise above things. Great book!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tara on 25 Oct. 2010
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I purchased Amazing Grace for my God daughter Lucia. The book arrived within 7 days from ordering it and in FANTASTIC condition. I will buy the collection for another young child because the language in the book is appropriate. A beautiful adventurous book with excellent visuals and likeness to children of African Caribbean origin. A MUST buy.
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What a wonderfully positive book!

I read this to my 7 and 9 year olds as a light read compared with what they are used to, and they thoroughly enjoyed it. I won't describe the plot as others have done so but I have to say that the illustrations are just amazing, so life-like! I wonder if they are based on a real little Grace somewhere?!!

One thing that I liked was the part of the story where Grace's mum starts to get upset when Grace says that her classmate had told her she couldn't be Peter Pan as she is black and he was white; Nanna interrupts and diffuses the situation by saying that she can be anything she wants to be, and she knows of a way to prove this beyond doubt. I think that grandparents often have this wisdom and pacifist tendency whereas parents often go straight to 'angry'! Also, it just didn't seem the place for remonstrating against what could be perceived as racism from small children, with their simplistic world view, although I don't see it as racism and made sure to portray the statement as that of a little girl who just wants to adhere strictly to 'the facts'. I think that maybe 'racism' was something that the author wanted to touch on, but I think that perhaps a black child could have made that statement with just as much innocence and this could have been reflected in the story. 5 to 6 year olds can be sticklers for detail!

Mum and Nanna seem to just radiate pride in Grace's achievements and I thought that that was just beautiful - celebrating the little things in little people's lives. I happened to read the A5-sized book and that in itself is more appealing to little ones, but I would definitely recommend this book reagardless of size to all children under the age of maybe 8.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Arragon on 14 Oct. 2004
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My daughter simply adores this book. Excellent animation, and a lovely theme, that no matter what gender or colour you are, you can be and do what ever you want. At 2 years of age, I don't think my daughter understands the underlying message, but because Grace pretends to be various animals, a dancer, and finally Peter Pan, that sold it for her!!
I had to read this EVERY NIGHT for at least 3 months, fortunately its not too long and I enjoyed it too!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Krazylegs on 21 Sept. 2007
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This book is wonderful my daughter loved it. I wish it had been around when I was a kid. The message is simple but powerful. Don't let anyone define you. Great stuff.
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