Amazing Grace Paperback – 1 Oct 2007
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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.
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) See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
I had to read this EVERY NIGHT for at least 3 months, fortunately its not too long and I enjoyed it too!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very enjoyable and encouraging book for children! You can be anything you put your mind to!Published 1 month ago by HappyD
Nice book, kids enjoy reading it. Its always a good sign when they request a book several times in the day. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rolly
Bought this book for granddaughter aged 8 but felt book was more suitable to a younger child, thought content was goodPublished 7 months ago by Mrs. HG Lewis
I'm a volunteer reading helper at a local school. This one really captured the interest of one of my more reluctant readers.Published 8 months ago by D. R. Fry