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Amazing Grace

by Hoffman, Mary, 1945-

Format: Book on CD 2000
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Bethel Park Public Library Juvenile Audio/Visual JUV CD BOOK HOFFMAN MARY (1)
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Audio/Visual
Amazing Grace
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ages 4-7. Grace loves stories, whether they're read to her or told to her or made up in her own head. She's always acting them out with herself in the most exciting parts, from Joan of Arc and Anansi the Spider to Hiawatha and an explorer of lost kingdoms. But when she wants to play Peter Pan in the class production, some of the kids tell her she can't--because she's a girl and because she's black. The story humanizes current slogans of political correctness and reveals the meaning of "I can be anything I want." Binch's vibrantly expressive watercolors show gap-toothed, pigtailed Grace in all her roles. Strengthened by her joy in imaginative play, by the confidence she gets from her loving Ma and her Nana, and by her total involvement in the part, Grace is the best Peter Pan. At the audition, she knows just what to do and all the words to say, "she had been Peter Pan all weekend." Like her smiling classmates, we are swept up by Grace's performance. ~--Hazel Rochman"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "``Grace was a girl who loved stories.'' Empowered by the strength of her imagination and the love of her mother and Nana, this dramatic, creative girl constantly adopts roles and identities: Joan of Arc, Anansi the Spider, Hiawatha, Mowgli, Aladdin. When her class plans a presentation of Peter Pan , ``Grace knew who she wanted to be.'' She holds fast despite her classmates' demurrals; Nana, meanwhile, reminds her granddaughter that she can do anything she imagines. When Nana takes Grace to see a famous black ballerina--``from back home in Trinidad''--the determined youngster is aroused by the performance, and wins the role of her dreams. Featuring colloquial dialogue and endearing characters, Hoffman's ( My Grandma Has Black Hair ) tale is truly inspiring. First-timer Birch contributes evocative, carefully detailed watercolor paintings, which add their own share of emotional power and personal passion. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects African Americans -- Fiction.
Identity (Philosophical concept) -- Fiction.
Theater -- Fiction.
Publisher Prince Frederick, Md. :Recorded Books,2000
Contributors Johnson, Andrea.
Participants/Performers Performed by Andrea Johnson.
Audience Interest age level: 6 years and up.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Sequel: Boundless Grace.
System Details Compact disc.
Description 1 audio disc (15 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 140252286X
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