Most books these days are about White people and animals, rarely about Black people. But when I came across the book "Amazing Grace" by Mary Hoffman, I remembered relating to it when I was 7 years old. Part of the reason I could relate to it is because the main character, Grace, was a lot like me. She is African-American and has a big imagination. "Amazing Grace" is a culturally relevant story for me, because the main character and experiences remind me of the way I was when I was younger. We need more books like this. According to a study by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, in 2013, out of 3,200 books for children, only 93 were about Black people.
"Amazing Grace" tells of a girl named Grace who loves stories whether they’re in movies or in books. She acts out the most exciting parts like Hiawatha, Aladdin, or Joan of Arc. There’s nothing she loves more. A major part of this was when she wanted to be in a play at school and her classmates were doubting her because the part she wanted was Peter in Peter Pan , and she ended up being Peter Pan and did a good job. Even though everyone told her that she was a girl and couldn’t do it, she auditioned and was better than the boys.
Grace and the other main character in this story are Black. I connected to the story because I have also been doubted because I am a girl. For example, people don’t think that I like or be good at football and fixing. But I love football; I was the only girl at football camp when I was twelve. I also love cars; I’m on the EVX team at my school, where I work on improving a hybrid car. In "Amazing Grace" her grandma reads her books and tells her stories. My dad and mom always read books to me and told me stories, too. I thought about dressing up and making up a story that I could read to my family. Grace and I both go against stereotypes and have big imaginations.
"Amazing Grace" is culturally relevant for me. This story has characters whose experiences are the same as mine. The setting is in a home in the city, just like mine. The main character is younger than me, but when I was around her age, I was the same way. If you have a wild imagination, you would love this book as much as I did and still do. I feel as though people should make more books like this that Black girls can relate to.