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Fancy Nancy: Explorer Extraordinaire! Hardcover – March 31, 2009
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.Read more ›
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.
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."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good book, my daughter absolutely loves it!
One major error, all of the ants have 4 body segments instead of 3. Read more
Super cute and informative! My little explorer finds his to be fancy and fun!!Published 6 months ago by MamaOfTwo
My daughters love these books. The writer does a good job of capturing the kids attention and keeps them laughing the whole time. Good book!Published on January 15, 2014 by jkap
Fancy Nancy and her best friend Bree are going exploring. They will collect leaves, watch birds and butterflies and inspect insects. Read morePublished on December 15, 2013 by LAUNA STOUT- Children'sBooks.BellaOnline
This is somewhat of a departure for Fancy Nancy. This story is more down to earth. My granddaughter insisted on keeping this book at her home instead of leaving it at Grandmas.Published on June 14, 2013 by Cheriel Jensen
It was just a bit smaller than the library books I checked out by the same author. Other than that, it was great!Published on June 12, 2013 by Das Sister
This book is so wonderful. Great pictures and content for reading. It really keeps the interest of the reader too.Published on May 23, 2013 by Mark Trahanovsky
I love the book.Great product at a super great price. Shipped in great condition. My daughter has a Fancy Nancy doll to go with the book and she loves the book and doll too... Read morePublished on April 11, 2013 by mommy queen