By Michele Landsberg
Updated November 08, 1991 at 05:00 AM EST

Amazing Grace

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Everyone in Grace’s class says she can’t be Peter Pan in the school play. ”You can’t be Peter — that’s a boy’s name,” says one child. ”You can’t be Peter Pan,” whispers another. ”He isn’t black.” But Grace is a girl who loves stories, and in her own imaginative games, she’s already been a pirate, Anansi the spider, Hiawatha, and Joan of Arc. Bolstered by her loving Ma and Nana — who prove to her that she can be anything — Grace flies through the audition and wins the part unanimously.

Illustrator Caroline Binch’s wonderful realistic watercolors, radiant with affection and playfulness, make Grace one of the most buoyantly lovable picture-book characters around. Amazing Grace‘s perfect marriage of illustrations and text by Mary Hoffman is a heart-lifting pleasure. A

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