Grace is a wonderful character and everyone warms to her and is drawn into her world through the vibrant and colourful pictures which add so much to the story.
(Parents in Touch
The much loved star of Amazing Grace is back for a touching new story about a very special time of year... A warm-hearted story full of the excitement of a very special celebration.
Strong, exuberant pictures, full of bustle, detail and character complement and extend this seasonal story.
5 stars: What a treat it is to see Grace’s buoyant smile beaming confidently from a book jacket once more. Grace’s wit, talent, and determination are all there expressing the fully rounded character we have come to know in the series of books that began with Amazing Grace. The new illustrators have done a fantastic job in giving a fresh look to the pictures while keeping to the original feel of Caroline Binch’s work. They have retained the tradition of vividly coloured realism with powerful characterisations seamlessly and this is quite a feat. The blending is done in the writing too, of course. It’s not easy to maintain continuity with a character after very long breaks, but Mary Hoffman makes it seem that way with her deft touch and consummate skill.
(Books for Keeps
About welcoming others to your home with the message, told with a lot of role-play and clothes from the dressing-up box, that Christmas is about people and sharing.
Young readers will savour a satisfying story, greatly enhanced by the vibrant pictures which show the changing feelings of the characters.
About the Author
Mary Hoffman has written over 90 books for children, that range from picture books to novels. Amazing Grace
, first published in 1991, was commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal and has since become a modern classic. Together with its sequels, Grace and Family
and Princess Grace
, and the storybooks Starring Grace, Encore Grace
and Bravo, Grace
, it has sold around 1.5 million copies. Mary has also written the hugely successful Great Big Book of Families
, illustrated by Ros Asquith, which is now in 15 editions worldwide. Her other books for Frances Lincoln include The Colour of Home, Kings and Queens of the Bible
and An Angel Just Like Me
. She lives in Oxfordshire with her husband and three Burmese cats, and has three grown-up children, all working in the arts.
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To read an interview with Mary Hoffman click here
Cornelius Van Wright has collaborated with Ying-Hwa Hu on many books including Make a Joyful Sound, Zora Hurston and the Chinaberry Tree and, with Mary Hoffman for Frances Lincoln, Princess Grace.
Ying-Hwa Hu is married to Cornelius van Wright, and together they are a husband-wife illustration team. She was born in Taiwan, and now lives in New York City with her husband and two young children.