Amazing Grace

by Mary Hoffman
Illustrated by Caroline Binch
Published by Dial Books for Young Readers, 1991

Grace loves stories more than anything else. All day, every day she acts out the stories she hears. She becomes the stories. When her class decides to put on a production of Peter Pan, she auditions for Peter. Initially, her classmates tell her that she can’t be Peter because she is a girl and she is black. However, her mother and grandmother tell her that she can be whatever she puts her mind to, and does a fantastic job at her role.

This book can be used in a more general setting to talk about self-esteem and the power of imagination and dogged determination. In a historical context, students can determine what era they think this book takes place in.

Accessed: Augusta County Library

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