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PreSchool-Grade 2—Another delicious "Fancy Nancy" book. This time the little glamour girl has a problem. Her friend Bree is having an extra-special butterfly birthday party on the same day that Nancy's grandparents are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. The family party wins out and Nancy is "furious" ("Mad is way too plain for how I feel"). But things turn out unexpectedly well: she discovers that motels are fun, and that grandparents have elegant and extraordinary parties and an exciting surprise up their sleeves. Glasser's illustrations and O'Connor's text have created the quintessential girly girl in Nancy. The red-haired heroine is so full of joie de vivre (as she would say) as she dances through the book in her finery—bows, ribbons, butterflies, beads, flowers, and all—that little girls everywhere will happily enjoy this adventure.—Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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Vain, affected, frilly, and old-fashioned girly in every way, preschooler Nancy is also assertive about who she is and what she wants, and she becomes furious when she cannot get her way. Angry is too plain a word for how she feels when she misses her friend’s butterfly party because she has to attend her grandparents’ fiftieth wedding anniversary. But the anniversary trip turns out to be lots of fun and just her style, with “queen” beds and lotions in a fancy hotel. Best of all, though, is the visit to a butterfly garden in the local zoo. Glasser’s intricately detailed, line-and-watercolor pictures show the prima donna’s obsession with bows, beads, and glitter, including her hat with a nesting bird and two butterflies. As in Fancy Nancy (2006), the little princess loves fancy words, this time throwing in some French: “Ooh la la!” --Hazel Rochman

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 450L (What's this?)
  • Series: Fancy Nancy
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; English Language edition (February 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061235881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061235887
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #633,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jane O'Connor is the author of more than thirty books for children, including the New York Times bestselling Fancy Nancy series, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser, and the Nina, Nina Ballerina stories, illustrated by Dyanne Disalvo-Ryan. Fancy Nancy was nominated for the Quill Award for Best Picture Book in 2007. The Emperor's Silent Army: Terra Cotta Warriors of Ancient China won Booklist's Best Nonfiction Book for Young Readers in 2000. Jane has two grown sons. She was born, bred and still lives in New York City with her husband and their canine companion, Arrow.

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Julie Neal VINE VOICE on February 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Everything about this hardback kids' book is charming, but it's the little details that will make you a Fancy Nancy fan.

The illustrations -- pen and ink over vivid watercolor -- are packed with fun and realistic details. They bring the story to life, and more importantly, bring the characters to life. For example, in a scene in a garden, Nancy's mom is wearing a cap with a pink breast cancer ribbon that reads "3 Day Race." When the family has a picnic, Nancy has a tea set up for her dolls with the table being a shoebox. The shoebox reads "Comfies: Like walking on a cloud! Size 8 medium." In the hotel room, dad rests with a book over his eyes. The title? Dangerous Admissions, which is author Jane O'Connor's novel for adults.

The plot is nice, too. It's about how little girl Nancy has to miss her friend Bree's butterfly-themed birthday party because she has to go to her grandparents' anniversary celebration. Nancy is very unhappy at first: "For the next two days, I scowl and sulk and storm around the house." But when the tiny drama queen goes to the anniversary she has a great time, and apologizes for her bad behavior.

The cover is as fancy as Nancy herself, with glossy glittery sparkles on the artwork, words and the outside border of the book. When you take off the paper sleeve, the hardback cover has the same artwork but without the sparkles.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Dear Reader,
You won't believe this, but I have seven daughters--yes, seven--from ages 15 yrs to three months old. We ALL adore Fancy Nancy. (Okay, maybe I'm putting words in the mouth of the 3 month old, but my other little girls love Nancy so much, they read the books to the baby.)

The sparkley covers are enough to make any princess swoon, but the delightful writing (so few words on a page--thank you!) and spectacular illustrations make Fancy Nancy a DAILY ritual in our house.

In her latest adventure, Nancy is distraught when she finds out she'll have to miss her best friend's birthday party for her grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary. O'Connor presents a delightful, yet very real family: mom, dad, sister, grandparents, even dog.

Of course, there is new, fancy vocabulary as Nancy expresses herself in the fanciest way possible. I'll leave it to you to discover how the butterfly theme is brilliantly woven throughout.

Enjoy!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Haugh VINE VOICE on March 2, 2008
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When I first wanted to get Fancy Nancy books for Nancy, my daughter, my wife was a little concerned. She wasn't sure she wanted to encourage our daughter to be "fancy." But Ms. O'Connor has proved time and again that her stories are positive, family-friendly tales that are perfect for any child. This book is no exception.

In Bonjour, Butterfly, Nancy the butterfly-lover helps her friend Bree plan a butterfly-themed birthday party. Then she finds out that she won't be able to attend the party because she has to go to her grandparents 50th wedding anniversary party instead. Though I had a bit of a tough time getting past the idea that Nancy's parents would forget about the conflicting dates, the truthfulness of the family relationships shone through and made for another good story.

It also needs to be said that Robin Preiss Glasser's artwork for these books may be the best in children's literature right now. I keep thinking I'll get tired of it but I never do. Every page is like opening up to a new masterpiece of detail and beauty. She deserves a lot of the credit for making these books what they are.

And what these books are is an eye-popping experience of excellence. Certainly, nobody with a child named Nancy can do without. But I would recommend them to anyone.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Sheffield on February 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I've been purchasing "Fancy Nancy" books for my nieces since O'Connor began writing them. Ages 4 and 5 right now, these girls LOVE the colorful images and sweet story lines. As a teacher, I love these books because they increase a child's familiarity with extended vocabulary. The illustrations are beautiful, the story line teaches children valuable lessons (for instance in "Bonjour, Butterfly" - maybe we can't always do what we want, but that doesn't mean you won't have a great time doing what you need to do...), and the vocabulary is fantastic! I can't wait to add these to my teaching library!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Arena TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Fancy Nancy: Bonjour, Butterfly is filled with delicious details -- the story, the family relationships, and the magnificent illustrations that seem to have a life of their own, and characters that somehow spring to life with the economy of words necessary for a book for this age range.

I am a big Fancy Nancy fan, and seeing the reactions on a child's face while exploring this book makes it worth every single penny. Quite simply, this is a book not to be missed (much like the other books in the series!)

Recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jill Vanderwood on March 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Fancy Nancy
Bonjour, Butterfly
By Jane O'Connor
Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser

Nancy's best friend Bree is having a butterfly birthday party,
They make invitations and try on butterfly costumes.

When Nancy's mom tells her she can't go, because it is on the same day as her grandparents anniversary party, Nancy is heartbroken.

When she sees her grandparents, she perks up, a little. Nancy has so much fun at the party, she forgets to be furious.

I read the book, then had my second grade granddaughter read it to me. She had some trouble with the `Fancy' words.

My granddaughter especially liked Nancy's doll Marabelle, who was with her even when she couldn't be with her friend, Bree.
And she liked the words: Bonjour, heartbroken, scowl, sulk, glamorous, and gorgeous.

I loved the illustrations, the use of French words and Nancy's fancy costumes, hats and hair decorations.

We both enjoyed this book and would recommend it especially for little girls who love to dress-up.

Jill Ammon Vanderwood, Author
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