Synopses & Reviews
This year two girls will be selected as princesses in the town parade, and Grace can?t wait to be one of them. It?s the perfect opportunity to dress up?but how, exactly, should a princess costume look? Grace asks her teacher for help, and soon the whole class is learning that there?s more to princesses than pink dresses and frills. From Kenya to China and from warriors to spies, princesses are a multicultural and multitalented bunch, and there are just as many kinds of happily ever afters?both for the royals and for Grace?s community and its princess parade.
Mary Hoffman?s picture books featuring this intrepid heroine have earned major critical acclaim; amongst other awards, Amazing Grace was a i>Reading Rainbow selection and a Booklist Editors? Choice. Grace?s latest adventure is sure to delight her established fans?and win the hearts of many more!
The beloved heroine of "Amazing Grace" is back in her first new picture book in more than a decade. Grace hopes to be selected as a princess in the town parade and asks her teacher for help in dressing the part. Soon the whole class is learning that theres more to princesses than pink dresses and frills. Full color.
About the Author
Mary Hoffman has written more than 70 books for children, and her powers of observation bring vitality and humour to all her stories and retellings.
Her previous titles for Dorling Kindersley include Henry's Baby and A First Bible Story Book. Her best-known picture books are Amazing Grace, Three Wise Women, and An Angel Just Like Me. Mary lives in Oxfordshire with her husband and they have three daughters. The girls were brought up on myths and legends, of which Mary and her husband have an extensive collection.
1. Where did you get the idea for Princess Grace?
It came from the title as did Amazing Grace; some books just do begin that way and then you have the shape of the whole book which arrives as a sort of present with the title as the wrapping paper and ribbon.
2. Are there any similarities between yourself and Grace?
Many and more important than the differences! "Grace was a little girl who loved stories" - you could substitute "Mary" for Grace in that opening line of Amazing Grace. I still do love stories, whether writing, reading, hearing or seeing them, better than any other single activity in the world.
3. Do you have a favorite place to write?
Yes, I write in my study, in my house, which is a converted barn about 250 years old, in West Oxfordshire, England. It has green walls, white paintwork, a green sofa and a peacock-patterned throw. It also has French windows on to the garden and a view of the bird-table. Oh, and a cat-gym for my three young Burmese cats.
4. What would you be, if you weren’t a writer?
I would probably run a small business as people tell me I am very well-organized. As it is I am a business with one boss and one employee - me! My boss is very good to me and if I ask for a day off she gives it to me. (But other times I have to work weekends and evenings and holidays, which is not so good!)
5. Any advice to aspiring writers?
I have a whole page of advice on my website: www.maryhoffman.co.uk
You can find it at the end of the FAQs. It was written mainly for teenagers who write to me about my fantasy novels, Stravaganza, and want to write fantasy themselves, but a lot of it applies to realistic writing as well.