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Monday, March 12, 2007

Fancy Nancy

Fancy Nancy
Author: Jane O’Connor
Illustrator: Robin Preiss Glaser
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
ISBN-10: 0060542098
ISBN-13: 978-0060542092

Nancy loves being fancy. She wears tiaras and boas and writes with a plumed pen. Her bedroom is frilly. She even likes to use fancy words like posh and stupendous. Sadly, her family is not fancy at all. So what’s a fancy girl to do? They don’t even like sprinkles.

In this charming and warm hearted book, Fancy Nancy decides to give her family fancy lessons and they all are willing to take instruction. Once she gets them the proper attire and lessons is fanciness, they all step out in their finery for a night on the town. Her mom even surprises her with a word in French which is very fancy.

Fancy Nancy is a book little glamour girls will love. It’s plenty pink and shiny as well as being upbeat. The great thing about it is that it’s a good story and doesn’t just rely on the pink and shiny aspect to attract little girls. That’s a given but the story is good and shows the importance of a strong family unit. The family’s love and acceptance for each other shines just as brightly as the pink glitter on the cover.

The new vocabulary words and the way they are showcased just might get little girls up and running for a dictionary to find new fancy words. It may also get them wondering about exploring the world. I love books that attract young readers with something obvious and then take them on a longer road to learning. Fancy Nancy does this in a fun, loving and upbeat way.

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