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Kindergarten-Grade 3—Nancy returns with all of the sophistication, aplomb, and humor she displayed in her previous books. She and her best friend, Bree, have created an exclusive club (they are the sole members) for their nature studies. The Explorers Extraordinaire have official membership certificates, a dress code, and, most importantly, a clubhouse. Their mission is to search for bugs, birds, and leaves in their backyards and record what they find in their notebooks. Back in their clubhouse, the explorers do additional research to learn more about their discoveries. When younger siblings ask to join the club, they are rejected for lack of maturity. After finding a baby bird that has fallen from his nest, the junior explorers are allowed to join. This slim title is packed with a lot of information about nature, but the vocabulary makes it too challenging for beginning readers. That aside, it is one of Nancy's most captivating adventures. The pages overflow with her personality and style. Text and illustrations pull together to show readers what a smart and complex character she is. A sure winner for eager young explorers.—Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME
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About the Author

Jane O'Connor is the author of more than thirty books for children, including Nina, Nina Ballerina, illustrated by DyAnne DiSalvo, and the Fancy Nancy picture book series. Ms. O'Connor lives with her family in ever-posh New York City.

Desde la publicacion de Nancy la Elegante, el closet de Jane O’Connor cuenta con tantas boas, coronas y atuendos brillantes que a veces sus amigas no la reconocen por la calle. Aun reside (esa es una palabra elegante para decir que vive) en la ciudad de Nueva York con su familia y su companero canino, Arrow.

Robin Preiss Glasser, a former professional ballet dancer, has illustrated more than fifty children's picture books, including the New York Times bestselling Fancy Nancy series, written by Jane O'Connor. Robin lives in San Juan Capistrano, California, with her husband, Bob. She has two grown children, Sasha and Ben.


Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: AD540L (What's this?)
  • Series: Fancy Nancy
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (March 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061684864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061684869
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I have been a huge fan of the Fancy Nancy collection since the first time I opened the first book and began to read to a group of children.
As a children's bookseller, there are certain characteristics I look for when choosing a book to read aloud... will it engage the children, does the text flow, is the main character easy to relate to, etc.
Fancy Nancy...any which one... is all of those and more!!
We have had quite a few Fancy parties in our store with nearly one hundred children: tiaras, feather boas, blusher, body glitter, gloves, heels, beads and the list could go on forever!!! Jane O'Conner has been with us to celebrate on at least three different occasions and Robin at least once.
Okay, sorry for the tangent, Explorer Extraordinaire was a lovely surprise finding Nancy and Bree with their siblings and friends as usual however, this book includes wonderful non-fiction that almost every child aged 4-5-6-7+ years old will love! Butterflies, ladybugs, spiders and flies! Beautiful wildflowers, real recipes and even a map! Be sure that there's glitter and French and lessons to learn. Nancy is the same girl we have come to love, she's just a little older; just as most of her original fans are!
This book will not disappoint, Jane and Robin have done it again and it's wonderful!
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I've loved all the Fancy Nancy books! I don't get into the glam as much as other Fancy Nancy followers, which is why I liked this one so much. This book is full of accurate scientific terms and information. This book is more structured & organized than other Fancy Nancy Books. It encourages children to focus their endless curiousity in an exciting educational way, while of course, being fancy =)

Book is approx. 9 in. top to bottom & 7 in. across. It is a bit longer than the other FN books, the story is 30 pages.

The book is about Nancy and Bree's exclusive explorer club - they collect leaves, watch birds and butterflies, and inspect insects. Before getting started,there a beautifully illustrated list of essentials & nonessentials needed to be an explorer extrordinaire

Club Rules: 1. map of territory (which limits on area they can explore)
2. Nobody in the club thinks bugs are gross.
3. No Touching: just looking
4. Crying is not allowed (unless a really good reason)
5. We never catch butterflies because they are fragile.
6. We don't pull leaves off trees,trees need them to make food

Rules 2 & 3 (pgs 8-13) the exploring gets scientific... physical features that make an insect an insect, anthill discovery & some sugar leads to brief overview of ant life, interesting facts about flies, benefits of lady bugs and spiders, and how spiders differ from insects.

Rules 4 & 5 (pgs 14-19) They move onto Mrs. Devine's flower garden full of butterflies. There are 3 different types of butterflies pictured. Butterfly life cycle illustration is too cute! Brief scientific information about butterflies being insects and their life cycle.
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I always enjoy the Fancy Nancy books and my daughter Nancy is always happy to have one read to her. We recently added this one to our collection. Like the rest of the series, it is a fun and worthwhile book; however, this one is a little tougher for the little ones.

As a parent and I teacher, I like this one a lot. It encourages kids to observe the world around them and teaches them how to be good and fairly scientific explorer. There's a lot of good information about insects, arachnids, and birds here, among other things. And, as always, Ms. Glasser's artworks pops off the page with its color and detail.

My only warning would be that this book is not as good as the others for the younger ones. My daughter just turned three and I think all the information is a little much for her. The story gets a bit subsumed by the teaching. In any case, she doesn't ask for this one like she does for the others. I'm sure that some day she'll appreciate this one much more, but it may take a few years.
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Are you at times concerned about all the "fluff" that little girls are soaking up? Despite a better selection of intelligent, strong, heroic female characters out there for girls than "back in the day" when we were kids, there is often still present a message sent to girls that they should be pretty, stylish, popular, thin, etc.

Well, this is not an issue with Fancy Nancy Explorer Extraordinaire! After my daughters loved one of Fancy Nancy's sticker books this past winter (which had no educational value other than a few new vocabulary words), I was not sure about ordering them this book. I knew they'd love it, but I wasn't crazy about yet another "divas are cool" book. But, this one is nothing like that!! It is wonderful! I have never witnessed my 4-year-old and 2-year-old so engrossed in and engaged by a book. Without giving away the story, there's just tons of nature identification, facts to fascinate the young mind, and even activities offered. As another reviewer stated, it takes us a while to get through this book because it sparks so much conversation--questions my daughters ask, analogies they draw, anecdotes about their own experiences outdoors, observations about the great illustrations, and so on. I was really surprised by the primary focus on educational content while still retaining some of the "fancy" element that girls love. It's really a terrific book that refreshingly sends the message to the little wannabe Fancy Nancys that "knowing all about about science and nature is cool."
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