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Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace - Mary Hoffman, Caroline Binch

Amazing Grace is a story about a little girl who loves stories and wants to play the part of Peter Pan in a play at her school, only she is a  black girl, and Peter Pan is a white boy. Even though Grace is discouraged by her peers, she tries out for the part and makes it! Amazing Grace has a beautiful message within the story, reminding children that it is ok to follow your dreams even if other people don't necessarily agree with you! This is a great book to incorporate into the elementary classroom. In lower elementary, imagination and determination could be an underlying theme. In upper elementary, discussions could be had about race, gender, self-esteem, and the importance of goal setting.