Bibliographic Information: Hoffman, Mary, and Caroline Binch. Amazing Grace. New York: Dial for Young Readers, 1991. Print.

Brief Annotation: This is a story about a young girl named Grace, who is highly imaginative. She wants to try out for the role of Peter Pan in her classroom play, but her classmates tell her that she cannot possibly be Peter because she is black and she is a girl. Grace overcomes her classmates’ criticisms of her aspirations and achieves her dreams brilliantly.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: K – 6

Reader who will like this: This is a story that any reader would enjoy, even older readers. It discusses ethical issues, discrimination, bullying, and so on, in a manner that makes sense for kids.

Rating/Response: 5 – What a beautifully written story about a young girl who perseveres and achieves her goal. This story discusses larger issues such as racism and sexism in a way that is appropriate for children as well.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Has anyone ever told you that you are amazing? If so, describe what you did and how you felt. If not, think of a time when you did something amazing and describe it. Why was it amazing?

Reading Strategy: Making Connections

Rationale for Strategy: Students can make connections between the plot of the story and the major themes portrayed throughout. They can relate the story and the main character’s experiences to their own.

Posted by: Emma Henke


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