Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace

by Mary Hoffman


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Grace can do or be anything she wants to be! Now Grace’s aspirations come to life with paper dolls that make it possible for children—and adults—to dress her in many of the roles she plays in the best-selling book Amazing Grace. Amazing Grace Paper Dolls will provide children with hours of fun, while at the same time encouraging them to develop confidence and self-esteem. For optimum sales appeal, several enhancements have been included: - A press-out theater trunk for storing the entire wardrobe - A stage backdrop featuring a foil spotlight to show how Grace will look on stage playing any of her many roles - A special page for designing and coloring one’s own creations

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803717770
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/1980
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Mary Hoffman has written more than 70 books for children, and her powers of observation bring vitality and humour to all her stories and retellings.

Her previous titles for Dorling Kindersley include Henry's Baby and A First Bible Story Book. Her best-known picture books are Amazing Grace, Three Wise Women, and An Angel Just Like Me. Mary lives in Oxfordshire with her husband and they have three daughters. The girls were brought up on myths and legends, of which Mary and her husband have an extensive collection.
Caroline Binch lives in Cornwall, England.

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Amazing Grace 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
UrbanYogini More than 1 year ago
Amazing Grace will appeal to girls who like Pinkalicious and Fancy Nancy. All of them love girly things but Grace (like Nancy) really love to have adventures and explore which sets them as top picks when I select books for my daughter. Also I think it is important to show books (and TV/movies) featuring children of different cultures so all children can see in media images that really reflects the diverse world we live in.
jlowens4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading, "Amazing Grace." I would read this book to second or third graders. This book is about a young African American girl who wants to be Peter Pan in her school play. The students teased her and said that she could not be Peter Pan because she was a girl and because she was black. The little girl practiced all weekend to be the best Peter Pan at the auditions. When the young girl was annouced Peter Pan she was so happy! All the children told her that she did the best job and that she was going to be great. I think that this book teaches children to not judge a book by its cover. No matter gender, race, the clothes you wear, or who your parents are, you can be great at anything.
kirkonly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Amazing Grace is a great book about a girl who loves to read. Her favorite stories are adventure and fairy tales. She loves to act the stories out, and one day her class is putting on a play. She wants to be the lead part, but some kids told her that she couldn¿t b/c she is a girl and black. You she through the eyes of Grace what it feels like to be told you can¿t do something and how it feels to overcome it.As a reader this book brought me back to my younger days when I would play castle and build forts. This is a great book is great at showing you wants rejections feels like. The illustrations are ok, but they add a lot to the story.As a teacher this book would be great to show students that no matter what you look like you can do and be anything to want. Great book.
tmarks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story of a little girl who loves movies and stories, and loves to become all the characters she reads about.
suzecate on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Amazing Grace's plucky African-American heroine loved stories and acting them out. "And she always gave herself the most exciting part," we are told. With homegrown theatrical magic, she transforms herself into Joan of Arc, Anansi the Spider, Hiawatha, and more. Her imagination did not limit her to roles of her own ethnicity, gender, or species. When casting for the school play of Peter Pan begins, Grace knows she's right to play Peter, but her classmates try to discourage her, pointing out that Peter is a white boy. Grace's mother and grandmother encourage her, the latter taking her to a ballet performance of Romeo and Juliet starring a beautiful Trinidadian dancer, renewing Grace's determination to audition for Peter Pan.What's not to love about this book? The story itself is fantastic, the illustrations are top-notch, and the female characters are strong and confident. (ages 3-7)
ENeal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman is about a girl named Grace who loved to be different characters. Every moment of the day she would act out different characters from either books, movies, plays, historical icons, or just what she thought up in her head. One day in class, her teacher announced that they would be doing the play Peter Pan. Grace knew that she wanted to be Peter Pan but the other kids did not think that she could be. They told her she couldn¿t be Peter because it¿s a boys name and the she was black and Peter was not. Of course Grace was up set but Nana took Grace out to show her that she can be anything she wants to be. At school, they did the try-outs and everyone voted for Grace to be Peter because she was ¿fantastic!¿I loved this book. Every child has an imagination. However, many children do not express it as much as they should because of all the criticism in the world. I think that all parents should make sure their children know that they can do anything as long as they put their minds to it. A great way to use this book in the classroom is when the class is about to do a play, read the book to them so they understand that even if it is a boy part, a girl can play it. It does not matter what age, gender, or race you are, it does not create limitations.
anita.west on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a little girl named Grace. Grace loved stories, hearing them, reading them and most off all, acting them out. Through stories and imagination, Grace became many things: from Joan of Arc to Aladdin. One day Grace¿s teacher announced that the class would be holding try outs for the play Peter Pan. Grace knew she would make a great Peter Pan but another child announced to her that she would not be right for Peter Pan. She said to Grace, ¿You can¿t be Peter Pan¿he isn¿t black.¿ Another child told her that she couldn¿t be Peter Pan because Peter is a boys name, therefore, the part needed to be played by a boy. When Grace told her Mother and Nana about what the children said to her, her mother was angry, but her Nana used it as a ¿teachable moment.¿ She taught Grace that she could do anything she wanted to do if she set her mind to it. Grace¿s Nana took her to a play in the city where she knew of a girl that was cast for the main role of Juliet in the play Romeo and Juliet despite the fact she was black. This inspired Grace. Grace did try out for her school play. She got the role of Peter pan and she was, ¿amazing.¿This was a great story, one that teaches us to look outside the box. In a world that is in need of breaking cultural barriers, Amazing Grace shows us how to take a step in that direction. In school it always seemed that the same people were cast for leading roles, whether it was in theater, sports etc. I was glad to see that Grace went after what she wanted, and because she was the best, she got the leading role.This would be a great book to have in a classroom library. It is a book that might inspire a child to try something new. I think that as a classroom extension idea, I would have children write in their journals about an experience they, or someone they know has had that is similar to Grace¿s experience. I would also read this story and then cast children for a play giving them parts that are most unlike them in real life. It would be a great opportunity for the children experience being someone different for a moment.
lp118825 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: This book is about a little girl who has an amazing imagination, and she loves to play different parts as many things. For instance, it was so cute when she played Peter Pan and Hiawatha. She loves for her grandmother to read to her and then pretend to be that character that was dicussed in the book. Personal Reaction: I can definitely relate to this book since I have a 3 year old who is always saying things like "that's me, that's you" out of a story that we would be reading at that particular time. Classroom Extensions: Students would write in their journals what they want to be when they grow up and describe why.Students will also paint a picture of what they decided to be when they grow up and present it to the class.
mmontet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great story that shows that you can be anything you want as long as you put your mind to it. Grace knows exactly what she wants to be and she doesn't let anything get in the way.
bwetmore05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is about a little girl, Grace, who gets told that she cannot be a part in the school play because she is a girl and she is black. Through the encouragement of her family, she realizes she can do whatever she puts her mind to!
julieah on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Grace is a young black girl with a great imagination. She loves creating stories and then acting them out, giving herself exciting and interesting parts. At school, when her teacher announces their upcoming classroom production of Peter Pan, Grace knows she would be perfect for the part of Peter but is hurt when her classmates disagree. Her peers believe that since she is a girl and black she cannot possibly be adequate for the lead of the play. Disheartened and upset, Grace goes home and explains to her mother and grandmother what happened. They support Grace and inspire her to have the confidence to be and do whatever she wants to. During her audition Grace was amazing and leaves the reader without a doubt that she should be Peter Pan. This inspiring picture book is an excellent choice to have in any elementary classroom (K-2). It would be a good book to have when talking about each other¿s dreams, inspirations, and encouraging others in classroom.
juliehrbacek on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Amazing Grace, Mary Hoffman has created an adventurous young lady named Grace. Grace lives with her Ma and her Nana, who often let her draw them into her imaginary world. Grace loves stories, read, told, or the ones she just makes up herself. She acts them out, dressing up and becoming the characters in her stories. When her class decides to participate in the play Peter Pan, Grace automatically volunteers to play the lead role. Many say that she doesn't fit the type because she is a girl and an African American girl, at that. Not settling for her grand daughter's disappointment, Nana takes Grace to a theater with a real African American woman playing the role of Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. With the encouragement from her family, this confident little girl knocks 'em dead at the auditions and shines as Peter Pan.This book reminds me of a time when my friends and I would dress up and act out our roles of everything from mamas with babies to cowboys in a rodeo, and even some Evel Kinevel on our bicycles.This book relates to the way people stereotype one another, sometimes without meaning to, so a teacher could pull it off of the shelf when she sees an instance when someone has done that and use it as a "teachable moment".Another idea that could be used is for the students to bring their favorite books to school, along with their own dress-up clothes or something like their theme pajamas that match their favorite tv show or movie.As a learning center, children could dress up in various costumes after the teacher reads them this book.
Jpeshke on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Amazing Grace" is a wonderful book about a young, black girl who loves stories. When her class puts on a production of Peter Pan she wants to be Peter but her classmates put her down because she is black and a girl. This story is one of obstacles and perseverance as Grace gets the role of Peter. It deals with prejudice in a relatable and age appropriate way. It is a well written book with beautiful illustrations.
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Reading2littleone More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my 4-year-old neice without having read it myself. I loved it and so did she. It's inspiring and almost made me cry. She requests it every night at bedtime!
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Teaches kids that they can do whatever they put their mind to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is one of encouragment for young minds. My 7 year old daughter loved it,...It teaches that no matter what you're situation, still have dreams and if you're willing to follow through with them then anything can happen! Great book for building self-esteem!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ive ever read!! I got this book when i was really little and i still read it every month! Amazing Grace's courage makes you wanting to read it forever!If ya haven't read this childrens book you haven't lived- and ya don't know what a good book is!!!