Reading Rainbow

Amazing Grace

Season 9, Episode 6 of 10

READING RAINBOW is a magazine program for children that introduces a w ide range of educational topics that promote awareness of the world an d inspire reading. This episode features the book AMAZING GRACE, writt en by Mary Hoffman and read by Tyne Daly. In this story a girl named G race dreams about playing Peter Pan in her school play, despite being told by her friends she can't because she's a girl and black. Grace pr actices for the audition and she performs so well her classmates unani mously decide she should play Peter Pan. Host LeVar Burton introduces three women who overcame stereotypes to fulfill their dreams. Actress Whoopi Goldberg discusses how she became a success despite being told that as a black woman she could not achieve her goals. Lauren Turner d iscusses how she defied popular beliefs about women and sports to beco me co-captain and the only girl on her school's hockey team. Sheila Ha ines talks about the pride she takes in being a plant engineer and how the ability to do a task is more important than who is doing it. The kids review MIRETTE ON THE HIGH WIRE, GREAT WOMEN IN THE STRUGGLE, and ROSES SING ON NEW SNOW.

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