Touching: Grace has a Secret

I love it when a childrens’ book author takes the opportunity to communicate a really positive message, and I love it even more when that message is given real impact through gorgeous illustrations.

Grace has a secretGrace Has a Secret, by Prudence Holling and Philippa Ray, illustrated by Liz Braid is one of these storybooks – beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully written, it’s a must for your collection.

Grace has a lot of ideas about how she can make the world a better place. Her most recent idea, her big secret, is all about gratitude.

Grace is thankful for all the lovely things that people do – their lovely singing, their beautiful gardening, the hard work they do tidying up the neighbourhood – and she decides to express her thanks in a very special way…

Darting and dashing and scuttling and creeping, Grace delivered kindness while everyone was sleeping.

As the morning mist swirled magic at her feet, Grace pushed envelopes into every letterbox in the street.

Authors Prudence and Phillippa have written a beautiful story that bounces and sings. Parents will enjoy reading it and kids will soon be picking it up and reading it for themselves, either from the words, or from memory.

Liz Braid’s illustrations are gorgeous, a perfect blend of colourful college and watercolour. She has used a deft hand and subtle touch to get the balance just right. The vibrancy of the pages will be sure to grab the attention of the most energetic child and Grace is personified wonderfully, I can’t wait to get to know her more.

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Of course Grace Has a Secret contains an important message communicated genuinely and lovingly, but more than just that, this book is a whole lot of fun. It encourages kids to grab hold of their ideas, to be exuberant and to believe that they can make a real difference to the world around them.

For me, I couldn’t go past the fact that readers were invited to rediscover the art of the letter. I love a handwritten note and was absolutely rapt when I opened this thank-you note…

 

and then noticed this page…

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This book, and the note are now a very special part of my book collection…

Grace Has a Secret would be a perfect book for Christmas, and you can find out how to get hold of a copy at the Grace Has website here…