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Amazing Grace (Reading Rainbow Book) [Hardcover]

By Mary Hoffman (Author) & Caroline Binch (Illustrator)
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Item description for Amazing Grace (Reading Rainbow Book) by Mary Hoffman & Caroline Binch...

Determined to play Peter Pan in the school play, African-American Grace meets opposition in her classmates, who insist that Peter Pan is a boy and white

Publishers Description
An amazing amazing book...and now amazing paper dolls

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.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Amazing Grace (Reading Rainbow Book) by Mary Hoffman & Caroline Binch has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1361
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/1992 page 74
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1996 page 672
  • ALA Best Books Young Adults - 01/01/1992 page 1367
  • Booklist Ed Choice Youth - 01/01/1992 page 875
  • Booklist - 02/01/1992 page 1036
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 619
  • Publishers Weekly - 08/02/1991
  • School Library Journal - 10/01/1991
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 899

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Dial
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.8" Width: 8.7" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2003
Publisher   Dial
Grade Level  Kindergarten  
Age  4-8
ISBN  0803710402  
ISBN13  9780803710405  
UPC  051488016991  

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Ros Asquith has been a Guardian cartoonist for 20 years, and has written and illustrated over 60 books for young people, including the international bestseller, The Great Big Book of Families, with Mary Hoffman, and the Alien Schoolboy and Teenage Worrier series. She graduated from Camberwell School of Art, working as a photographer, designer and teacher before becoming a theatre critic for Time Out and the Observer, and diary writer for the TV Times. Her other titles, for Barn Owl Books, are The Roman Beanfeast and The Skiver's Guide. She has two sons and lives in north London.

MARY HOFFMAN is the internationally acclaimed author of over 100 books for children, ranging from picture books to teenage fiction. Her first picture book for Frances Lincoln, Amazing Grace, has become a classic which, with its sequels in the series, has sold 1.5 million copies worldwide. Mary's other picture books for Frances Lincoln include The Colour of Home with Karin Littlewood and An Angel Just Like Me with Cornelius van Wright, as well as the hugely successful The Great Big Book of Families, The Great Big Book of Feelings, and Welcome to the Family, all with Ros Asquith. Their next title together will be The Great Big Body Book. Mary Hoffman lives in Oxfordshire. For more information about her books visit her website:

Mary Hoffman currently resides in Oxfordshire. Mary Hoffman was born in 1945.

Mary Hoffman has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Picture Puffin Books
  2. Puffin Chapters
  3. Reading Rainbow Books

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Poetry > General
3Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Poetry > Humorous

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Reviews - What do customers think about Amazing Grace (Reading Rainbow Book)?

Amazing Grace  Feb 5, 2007
I got the book as a gift for my grand daughter who likes to draw. The vivid colors and expressions on the characters faces should keep her interested for a while. The story line is an added bonus.
Amazing Grace  Nov 9, 2005
I liked this story because Grace can be Peter Pan if she put her mind to it. My favorite part is after the ballet. I would recommend this book to a friend because its about your imaginery. The book is amazing.

By: S.J.
Los Angeles
Age 5
Amazing Grace  Oct 17, 2005
This is a great story with a great message. It tells children there are no limits to what they can be. It tells children not to be deterred by sterotypes or opinions. You can be anything you set your mind to. I bought copies for both my son and my niece.
What a teaching tool!!!  Nov 30, 2004
Do you need a book that confronts racism, appreciates theater, and shatters stereotypes on a primary level? If so, Amazing Grace, by Mary Hoffman, is the book for you. Not only does this book cover the above topics, but is also highlights on key items for younger readers, such as reading about individual achievements and moral dilemmas.
Grace, a first grade African American female, has an imagination with no boundaries. Grace loves to act out stories that she is told. At school, Grace's heart runs with excitement when her teacher announces that the class is going to do the play Peter Pan. Everyone wants to be Peter Pan, which highlights the enthusiasm for theater among these students. However, as Grace wants to be Peter Pan, her classmates tell her first that she can't because she is not a male. The second reason her classmates say is that she can't be Peter Pan is because she is black. Here lies the racism in this book.
The teacher allows each student to take home lines and memorize them to try out for roles. The best would get Peter Pan. In the mean time, Grace's grandmother takes her to a Romeo and Juliet ballet that features a black Juliet. This inspires Grace to go home and learn those lines as best as she can so that she will be the best one in the class. When it is time to try out, Grace is by far the best Peter Pan and the class votes to let her fill this role. This is where the shattering of stereotypes comes into play.
Past the social issues, Amazing Grace also fulfills the requirements that the Temple textbook states are good children's literature. First, children's literature must speak to the child. Children, especially that would read Amazing Grace, are extremely egocentric. Therefore, they want to read about the potential for individual achievement. Any child that is repressed for any reason could identify with Grace. There are a lot of things that Peter Pan was not, not just simply black. African American students could truly identify with Grace, having to deal with their differences that are spawned by their skin color and culture.
The last noticeable characteristic of good children's literature apparent in Amazing Grace is the presence of in depth thought, especially on morals. This book spawns thought on all the social issues mentioned above. This book would most certainly cause students to re- evaluate their thoughts and stances on racism, stereotypes, and maybe even theater. So many times, students think that what their parents believe is what they have to believe. However, educating students can help not only in letting them make their own decisions, but also educating their parents as well.
Finally, this book is an excellent book for teachers because there are many activities that can be done to accompany the reading. Perhaps this would be a great book to lead into their own class play. Another idea is to place this in a unit on racism and segregation in the upper elementary levels. Also, a teacher could do dress up day and the students could be whatever they want to be. All stereotypes are shattered for the day and each student can be free to be who they are. Amazing Grace may be one of the most influential books that I have ever read on racism and the way that Grace and her family handle this issue is admirable.
You Can Do Anything  Dec 16, 2002
This story is about a girl that pretends to play the parts of all kinds of different people and one day thiers a play and she wants to play the part of Peter Pan and some kids tell er she can't then she goes home. Later on they her parents tell her she can do anything she wants as long as she puts her mind to it, and she did.

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