Author: Mary Hoffman
Plot Summary: Grace loves stories, whether they're from books, movies, or the kind her grandmother tells. When her school decides to perform Peter Pan, Grace longs to play the lead, but her classmates point out that Peter was a boy. Besides, he wasn't black. With the support of her family, Grace learns that she can be anything she wants to be, and the results are amazing!
Posted In: Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy

Discussion Questions
  • Why do other students tell Grace she can’t be Peter Pan because she’s black and a girl?
  • Is Grace’s grandmother right that Grace can be anything she wants to be?
  • Does it help us to hear that we can be anything we want to be? Can we?
  • If the class hadn’t voted that Grace should play Peter Pan, what consequences would that have had for Grace?
  • Does being the best mean we always get chosen?
  • What does it mean to be “the best?”
  • Why did seeing the ballerina make Grace more confident that she could be Peter Pan?
  • Can we imagine ourselves doing things that we never see anyone like us doing?
  • What is the relationship between how we look and who we are?