A wonderfully affirmative story. Grace, ‘a girl who loved stories’, is told that she cannot play Peter Pan in the school pantomime because she is black and female. With the help and support of her grandmother she comes to believe that she can be anything she wants. The excellent illustrations show Grace’s shifting emotions as she copes with disappointment and triumph and her constant joie de vivre.
Also: Princess Grace by Mary Hoffman, illustrated by Cornelius van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu (9781845076696), Frances Lincoln £6.99