Genre- Realistic Fiction

Title: Amazing Graceamazing-grace

Author: Mary Hoffman

Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers

Date: 1991

Age Level: Primary (K-2) or Elementary (3-4)

Summary: “Although classmates say that she cannot play Peter Pan in the school play because she is black and a girl, Grace discovers that she can do anything she sets her mind to”

Strengths: I think this book is great for children. Children love to imagine and role play they are someone else and Grace does this in the story having so much fun. I love the basis behind the book, that you can do anything you set your mind to no matter the color of your skin. I think this is great for the classroom, because there probably will be a problem like the one in the book. I like when Grace performed all the other students voted for Grace and showed acceptance of her in an unlikely role.

Concerns: I think it might be a hard book to introduce to young kids. Younger kids are so interested as it is and after they heard this story they might ask more questions about being an African American. If there are African American children in the classroom it could make them feel uncomfortable.

Classroom Use: I think this book could be just a book to read to students during anytime. I think it would be especially useful if there were issues with differences in a teachers classroom. With classrooms becoming so much more diverse these days, this book might be a helpful way to address the issue to students. We are all different and unique in our own special ways.

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