Reviews – With Grace

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With Grace. Publisher: Little Bell Caribbean (USA). Genre: Children’s Picture Book. Year of Release: 2016. ISBN: 1934370622/ISBN-13: 9781934370629 Illustrated by: Cherise Harris. Synopsis: Grace leads a carefree life in Grace’s Peak, and looks down upon the rest of the villagers who are not as fortunate as she, but when a young girl comes in search of assistance, both lives are forever changed as truths about love, family and community are unearthed. Tag line: With Grace is a fairytale filled with magic, enchantment, and lots of heart. First Page

Reader reviews:

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freetown“(With Grace) captured the hearts of not just the students but the teachers who couldn’t help but get caught up in the story of Grace, Grace-Lynn, the mango tree and its little faerie who could do what I could not: bubble and whine. If you could only see their faces lighting up each time we had to sing: Come now… Gimme likkle, gimme likkle. That song became their jam!” – Glen Toussaint of Best of Books in a public posting after a visit to the Freetown Primary School, 2017

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“An homage to our oral tradition – rhythmic, soulful and like all good stories, simply told and yet, has a powerful core – Grace – a name, an action and a feeling. Makes one feel warm and want to read more stories that reflect us and allow children to discover our world through the beautiful illustrations by Cherise Harris.”

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“One of the best things after the experience of Joanne’s #WithGrace is seeing my nephew singing and dancing to the rhythms of his version of “gi me likkle”.”

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“This book is for children and the adults in their life – beautifully told and illustrated.”

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“In “WITH GRACE” Joanne has shared a magical story set in familiar Caribbean places. I enjoyed reading it to myself and I can’t wait to read it to some of the little people in my life.”

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“Highly recommend this book especially for Caribbean children. Flower fairies have always been a favourite of mine.”

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“Well done Joanne – it’s a lovely children’s book – a real keeper.”

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“A beautiful story”

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“Loved it”

Endorsements:

“With Grace explores a Caribbean space richly woven with magic, mystery, and fantasy – an engaging fable not only for young readers but any reader poised for a new reading experience that twists and turns on a suggestion of allegory.” – Alscess Lewis Brown – editor, the Caribbean Writer

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“Beautiful, well thought, and meaningful…Hillhouse blends traditional elements of the fairytale with her own Caribbean sensitivity to create an unforgettable story about human frailty and the power of love.” – Mario Picayo, children’s book author, A Caribbean Journey from A to Y (Read and Discover What Happened to Z)

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“With Grace combines feelings of love, hate, greed, and generosity to weave a powerful narrative that is magical in spirit and human in character.” – judges of the Desi Writers Lounge story contest

Social Media Shout-outs:

baby-making-machineWith Grace was one of the January books read over at Baby Making Machine in their 2017 365 challenge – they gave it five stars over on goodreads rating

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“We continue to underestimate the power of the printed word … the power of image …. We neglect to realise that validation and realisation are steeped in the subliminal of what we allow our children to read and watch … I am looking forward to this … and I continue to celebrate books and images that look like me and my own.”

Personal notes:

“I love the book; bought four copies.”

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“…an excellent book. Loved everything… from the narrative to the illustrations.”

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“I enjoyed the feeling and the vibe of the book, there’s a familiarity to it. Echoes of stories I’ve read in my youth, Caribbean stories. The opening and the build-up was good; it hooked me. Then the ‘turn’ …I’m glad it’s not exactly a happily ever after. That would be too cliché. And I loved the Caribbean fairy tale with the lil bubble n wine fairy.”

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“Her excitement was palpable…(she) was reading out loud – dramatically!” – from someone who had gifted the book to a child

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Praise for the artist:

“The illustrations are simply amazing!”
“SUCH a charming cover!!!”
“Love this…will definitely buy this book!”
“Gorgeous!”
“Beautiful.”
“This looks fantastic.”
“Such a gorgeous cover!”
“What a joyful, inviting cover!”
“What a beautiful cover.”
“Gorgeous cover!”
“Love the cover – inside has got to be just as good”
“Love the cover too!”
“Great cover.”
“Wow, wow, wow! Did I say Wow?!”
“What a cover!”
“The cover is lively and inviting.”
“Love the cover.”

See all my books – available online or at your local bookstore. Not there yet? Ask for it. Demand leads to supply; and it’s always my preference that you buy local. So, thanks in advance for that. Also, if you’re a regular here, you already know that I value reader reviews (critics too, of course, but as a writer from a small place, the average reader more so than the established critics have driven awareness of my books so respect to readers every time for the support). I encourage you to share your thoughts on the books online (Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, wherever) – not asking you to (as we say) purge your conscience, just give your honest assessment and maybe likeminded readers will be turned on to it. Thanks for that, too. – signed, Joanne C. Hillhouse, author

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