Caroline Binch So I was keen to extend the range of families shown in picture books and I am still banging on about that to this day.
And I also find it both refreshing and encouraging life affirming that when it comes to the actual voting period, everyone in class votes for Grace to play Peter Pan, including Raj and Natalie who had previously made prejudiced comments about Grace not fitting the role because she is not a boy and is African-American, or rather considering that the author and illustrator are British, Anglo-African.
Natalie even whispers to Grace that she did a wonderful job at the audition, which not only demonstrates that Natalie has learned a lesson, but that she voted for Grace because Grace showed the most talent, that the fact that Grace is a girl and not ethnically Caucasian did not much matter to anyone in the end; all that mattered was Grace's ability and talent.
However, I do have a rather major problem with one part of the book. Amazing Grace is supposed to be a picture book about tolerance and fighting prejudice and stereotyping, and by extension, it should therefore also be as universally culturally sensitive as possible or it should at least not describe or illustrate scenes or scenarios that could be deemed as being potentially culturally insensitive.
And with that in mind, I do have a rather huge problem with the fact that Grace is not only described as playing Hiawatha, but that she is also illustrated as an Indian chief in full tribal regalia, as many Native American and First Nations individuals find the mere concept of people including children playing "Indian" massively insensitive and insulting to their culture and background, their traditions.
I think that Amazing Grace would have been a much more global, and definitely a much more encouraging and sensitive offering without that little addition. It left and still leaves a rather strange, potentially massively bitter taste in my mouth, and also makes me wonder, why we are still so loath, and so seemingly unable to consider the sensitivities of our Native Americans our First Nations, even at a time when we are becoming more attuned to the sensitivities of other visible and invisible minorities.
The description and depiction of Grace playing "Indian" also makes me strongly hesitant to even remotely consider recommending this otherwise excellent picture book to Native American or First Nations children which is a real pity, because Amazing Grace does have an inspiring, essential and necessary message that should be for everyone.
Maybe I am being somewhat hyper-critical here, but this did and continues to bother me, especially since both author and illustrator could so easily have made use of a less culturally insensitive example, a less potentially problematic character for Grace to imagine herself being and playing.
Edited to Add in December But then again, leaving the Hiawatha episode out really in no way diminishes Grace's playacting and imagination either and does now make the empowering and strengthening messages and morales of Amazing Grace much more universally suitable and shareable because no Hiawatha sequence really does neither change the messages presented in any way nor does it diminish Grace's imaginative playacting and abilities thereof.
I do find it kind of ironic that the removal of the Hiawatha episode has seemingly only occurred in the US anniversary edition and that the UK anniversary edition has supposedly kept the sequence of Grace playing "Indian" as is at the very least, there perhaps could and should have been an explanatory footnote added to the UK anniversary edition with regard to the potential issues and bones of contention that the Hiawatha scene has caused and engendered over the years.Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman, Caroline Binch and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at nationwidesecretarial.com Mary Hoffman’s Amazing Grace.
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An amazing girl an amazing book and now amazing paper dolls!Grace can do 5/5(1). Grace loves stories, whether they're from books, movies, or the kind her grandmother tells. So when she gets a chance to play a part in Peter Pan, she knows exactly who she wants to be.
Remarkable watercolor illustrations give full expression to Grace's high-flying imagination. Rate, review and discuss Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman for free at Read Print. Amazing Grace is a story of a young girl named Grace.
Grace is a very adventurous little girl that loves all kinds of stories. She would read them, have them read to her, and even act out ones in her own head.