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Amazing Grace [Paperback]

Mary Hoffman , Caroline Binch
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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Book Description

1 Oct 2007

Grace loves to act out stories. Sometimes she plays the leading part, sometimes she is 'a cast of thousands.' When her school decides to perform Peter Pan , Grace is longing to play Peter, but her classmates say that Peter was a boy, and besides, he wasn't black... But Grace's Ma and Nana tell her she can be anything she wants if she puts her mind to it...

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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: 21.5 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,963 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

Amazon.co.uk Teacher Review
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 alternate Paperback edition.


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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4.0 out of 5 stars Grace is Amazing! 8 Feb 2003
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 14 Oct 2004
By Arragon
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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5.0 out of 5 stars you can do anything.... 29 Jan 2003
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Family Read 2 Dec 2009
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Grace 21 May 2011
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Another adventurous read! 25 Oct 2010
By Tara
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 21 Sep 2007
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 21 May 2014
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Love this book. It's a great story, all things are possible. Don't let others tell you what you can and can't do, just try!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing grace is a beautiful book it has
Amazing grace is a beautiful book it has.lovely picture and a story about colour of are skin I would recommend to Friend and family.
Published 1 month ago by bev
5.0 out of 5 stars As described and sent out in good time ;-)
I love these books they are brilliant. The packaging was great too and it arrived on time as promised what more could I ask for !
Published 12 months ago by annie dolan
5.0 out of 5 stars FAB book
My nieces loves this book. The illustrations are great and its a good story to read at their bed time.
Published 13 months ago by Jena
5.0 out of 5 stars Exellent buy!
I bought it for the Pre-school were I work and the children absolutaly love it! I will recomend it any time!
Published 13 months ago by Susan Michalas
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaing read and a good backstory as well
This is an entertaining book to read, as it follows Grace's journey from a "princess wannabe" to a more enlightened kid. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ziontrain
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
it took a while to be dispatched and for me to be notified, however arrived within reasonable time. The book itself is really good, worth the money. I am happy with the purchase
Published 15 months ago by M
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
A brilliant story with a lovely message about accepting people for who they are. Grace wants to be Peter Pan but is convinced by her class mates that she can't because she is a... Read more
Published 19 months ago by everton500
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing holds her back!
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. Read more
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