Amazing Grace

October 11, 2016
Subheader: 

Feelgood story where hard work pays off.

Review: 

A girl loves to play pretend in all kinds of stories, always giving herself the main character role regardless of gender. In school (she looks about 8 or 9 years old) they decide they're going to put on the play of “Peter Pan” and she wants to be Peter Pan. But somebody says, “You can't be Peter Pan, you're a girl.” And somebody else says, “You can't be be Peter Pan, you're black,” and her family's like, “Whatever, you should try out anyway,” and she does, and she makes it, and she does a good job.

There's not much of a story there, but what's there is good. She's practiced something a lot, and then she gets what she wants because she practiced it, and because it's something she enjoys. There's no deus ex machina, contrived kind of stuff here like many children's books have, which is great. So I like it.

Message: 

If you're good at something, it doesn't matter who you are. You don't have to be a specific kind of person to be good at something.

Author
Illustrator
Publication Year
  • 1991
Age Range
Age Range: 
4-8
Number of Pages
Number of Pages: 
32
Number of Words on Typical Page
Number of Words: 
44