|September 2016 Book Club Selection
Reading Rainbow Books
In contracted braille (UEB)
Ages 4 to 10
Amazing Grace is the fifth book in our Great Expectations series! Grace's story inspired us to create lots of activities, focusing on performing, improvisation games, dramatic play, tongue twisters, — and much more!
"Grace was a girl who loved stories — whether she reads them, hears them from her grandmother, or makes them up herself. Empowered by the strength of her imagination and the love of her mother and Nana, this dramatic, creative girl acts the stories out, always giving herself the most exciting parts: Joan of Arc, Anansi the Spider, Hiawatha, Mowgli, Aladdin. When her class plans a presentation of the play Peter Pan, "Grace knew who she wanted to be."
It turns out, though, that lots of her classmates also want to play Peter Pan! One classmate says Grace can't be Peter Pan because she's a girl, and another says she can't because she's black. But after Nana takes Grace to see a famous black ballerina - "from back home in Trinidad" - Grace shines during her audition, leaving no doubt in anyone's mind as to who will play Peter Pan.
Featuring colloquial dialogue and endearing characters, Hoffman's tale is truly inspiring.
— Publishers Weekly
Grace is an amazing girl and this is an amazing book.
— School Library Journal
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.
— 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up
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