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Boundless Grace

by Hoffman, Mary, 1945-

Format: Print Book 2000
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 7 of 7 copies
Available (7)
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CLP - Allegheny Regional Children's Picture Books j PAPERBACK Hoffman
Location  CLP - Allegheny Regional
 
Collection  Children's Picture Books
 
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CLP - Hill District Children's Picture Books j PAPERBACK Hoffman
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Collection  Children's Picture Books
 
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CLP - Homewood Children's Picture Books j Fic Hoffman,
Location  CLP - Homewood
 
Collection  Children's Picture Books
 
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Picture Books j PAPERBACK Hoffman
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Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Picture Books
 
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Picture Books j PAPERBACK Hoffman
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Picture Books
 
Call Number  j PAPERBACK Hoffman
 
 
CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Picture Books j Fic Hoffman,
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Picture Books
 
Call Number  j Fic Hoffman,
 
 
CLP - Squirrel Hill Children's Picture Books j PAPERBACK Hoffman
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
 
Collection  Children's Picture Books
 
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Summary
Mary Hoffman and Caroline Binch bring their heroine to brilliant life in this charming sequel to the award-winning Amazing Grace .

When Grace gets the opportunity to go to Africa and visit with her father and his new family, she feels a little strange. But Nana says families are what you make them, and Grace is going to make the most of hers!

"As assured and uplifting as its predecessor." - Publishers Weekly , starred review

"Validating, uplifting, and bound to please." - School Library Journal , starred review

A Reading Rainbow Book * A Parents Choice Best Book of the Year
A Parents Magazine Best Book of the Year * Parenting Magazine Reading Magic Award
An NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ages 4-8. In the first picture book about Grace, Amazing Grace (1991), the wonderful upbeat story is grounded in reality: the determined black girl's dream comes true, and she gets to play the part of Peter Pan in the school play because she's talented and imaginative, and because she practices and practices. Times are tough, people are prejudiced, but she makes it, with the loving support of her hardworking single-parent mother and grandmother. In this sequel another dream comes true, and this time, it's not nearly as convincing. It turns out her absent father has really loved her all the time. What's more, he's a rich man in Africa, and he sends plane tickets for her and her grandmother to come and visit with his new wife and children. When they get to The Gambia, it's like a fairy tale in real life, far beyond the fantasy of any child longing for a father. Grace sulks for a while (she tells herself all the stepmother stories, from Hansel and Gretel to Cinderella), but everyone loves everyone, and soon there's not a sad or frowning face anywhere. Of course it's great to see Africa without the usual primitive and exotic stereotypes, and kids will enjoy finding the cruel fairy-tale stepparent transformed. The text on the jacket's back flap goes on and on about the book's "authenticity," reassuring us that the British author and illustrator traveled to The Gambia and took photographs and made sure every single local detail was accurate. That's all very well and good, but unfortunately, it's the story that doesn't ring true. Still, the paintings are glorious, the landscapes filled with light and color, the people strongly individualized, whether Grace is shopping for traditional fabrics, playing with her stepbrother, looking at crocodiles with her loving father, or talking on the telephone with the mother she misses badly. Hazel Rochman"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Irrepressible, plucky Grace charmed a multitude of readers when she debuted in Amazing Grace, defying the narrow-mindedness of her classmates to land the plum role of Peter Plan in the school play. In this more message-oriented sequel, Grace is older (her gap-toothed grin all filled in), but still brimming with stories and dreams. Here she must overcome her own preconceptions and fears to accept and find acceptance with her divorced and remarried father's ``other'' family in Africa. Traveling to The Gambia with her grandmother, Grace frets about the horrible stepmothers found in fairy tales and worries that her hosts won't need or love her (``They make a storybook family without me''). Unlike the first book, where the spunkiness of the heroine was the heart of the story, this tale revolves around the lesson that ``families are what you make them.'' Hoffman has once again imbued her story with an abundance of familial understanding. Binch's brilliant watercolors capture the colorful clothing and scenery of the African village; her snapshot-like portraits seem to radiate light. Despite the more predictable plot line, this volume is as assured and as uplifting as its predecessor. Ages 4-8. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Picture puffins
Subjects Stepfamilies -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Africa -- Fiction.
Publisher New York, N.Y. :Puffin Books,2000
Contributors Binch, Caroline.
Language English
Notes "Sequel to Amazing Grace."
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm.
ISBN 9780140556674
0140556672
9780613336789
061333678X
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