The Great Grace Escape



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This is a must have book for every small child's library! It tells the story of Grace's escape from the womb start to finish from Grace's perspective. My 6 year old was delighted when he figured out that the place she was escaping from was her mommie's tummy. His eyes lit up with the thrill of being a part of the story from figuring it out rather than being told. There are so many great things about this book but I'm going to talk about that first. So many children's books insult the intelligence of the child. I'll call it adultsplaining. This book beautifully respects that even a little kid has a brain and can think. By the end of the book there can be no doubt that Grace was born but the book gives the child a chance to actively think during the story rather than just passively listen.

I also loved that the book follows nature the whole way. This isn't a fantasy story of cabbage farms and storks. Every 4/5/6 year old will know about wombs and birth canals and birth accurately after being exposed to this book. 

The pictures are so inviting, delightfully simple and yet perfect.

- Joanne W. on Goodreads

I absolutely am obsessed with the concept of the book. I can not think of one book out of all the children’s books I have ever read that touch on this in such a creative and adorable way!! I would have loved to have read this book to my kids during my multiple pregnancies! 

Becky Lester , Parent


“Grace is the boss of her underwater home! Grace decides what to do, how to do it and when! But as time passes, and as Grace hears voices and sounds that peak her interest, she begins to wonder is there is an even better place?

With humor, imagination and tenderness, author Pam Saxelby, and illustrator Anne Saxelby, explore a baby’s arrival, and the delight found in arriving at just the right place.

Pam Saxelby’s books reflect her ability to tap into children's emotional world: their questions, worries and joys. After 25 years in the classroom as an early childhood educator, Pam pursued her life-long love of children’s literature and began writing her own books. The Great Grace Escapeis the third in a series of books inspired by Pam’s grandchildren. Other titles include Max and Bearand Josie the Great. Pam and her husband Bill split time between Chicago, the Florida Keys and Brooklyn, New York.

The Great Grace Escape was illustrated by Pam’s daughter Anne Saxelby, founder of Saxelby Cheesemongers in New York City. In addition to being a national leader in the artisan food movement, Anne is an artist who graduated from NYU’s studio art program. Anne illustrated Josie the Great (which was inspired by her children) and created the illustrations for The Great Grace Escape based on her young niece. Anne and her family live in Brooklyn.


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Josie the Great is adorable and genuine. My little one loved it and asked if this means we are expecting a baby. We are not, but I would say this is a great book to read to a kid who is about to become a big sibling. The art has the style of a child's artwork. It works well enough for this book but I would recommend it for many.

Martina D'Angelo, Posted on Goodreads


In addition to being a great children's book author, [Pam] is animated in her storytelling, energetic, and engages well with children of all ages.  Her creativity shows through in her well written books, relateable books and in the follow-up craft, themed to her book Max and Bear. 

Rachel Kirby-Utz, The Red Balloon Co.
Bucktown, Chicago, IL 60647


Not only is the book fabulous, and the kids engaged, I was absolutely delighted watching [Pam] in action with the kids; [she is] so great with them, directing and redirecting their energy in such fun and positive ways. I learned a lot!  Yes, we'd love to have [her] back. 

Franny Billingsley, Children’s Events Manager,
57th Street Books, Chicago, IL


We were thrilled with [Pam's] ability to connect with each and every one of our students. Our students were never distracted and all eyes were on her as she enveloped us in her story. Her books were enjoyed by all.  Her love of her family, life, and reading was evidence by her ability to establish relationships with the students and engage her listeners.  The event was enjoyed by our students, parents and staff. I am hopeful that she will return and visit our program again.

Kelly Mangel, Principal, Treasure Village Montessori
Charter School, Islamorada, FL