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Fancy Nancy Sees Stars (I Can Read Book 1) Paperback – September 30, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 270L (What's this?)
  • Series: I Can Read Book 1
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006123611X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061236112
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

In the latest in the Fancy Nancy I Can Read series, Nancy once again has fun with concepts and words in a story that breaks the nerd stereotypes. This time, cute, prancing Nancy is excited about a class trip to the planetarium for a night sky show, and the cheerful ink-and-watercolor pictures show her in her frilly outfits, thrilled about the Big Dipper, the various constellations, and the earth’s distance from the sun. Kids will be equally caught up in the astronomy and in the twists and turns of Nancy’s daily drama. Grades K-2. --Hazel Rochman --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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 has illustrated such bestsellers as Super-Completely and Totally the Messiest! by Judith Viorst, Daddy's Girl by Garrison Keillor, and the Fancy Nancy picture books. She lives in Southern California with her family, puppy, and tiara collection.


More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

My grand-daughter loves her Fancy Nancy books.
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This book does a very nice job of staying faithful to the original Fancy Nancy concept while making the language appropriate for a Level 1 early reader.
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I have read this book over and over to my four year old, and she never tires of it.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Nicki Heskin VINE VOICE on November 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book does a very nice job of staying faithful to the original Fancy Nancy concept while making the language appropriate for a Level 1 early reader. The plot of this one is also pretty well-developed and very nice for an early reader -- there's a lot more there for a little kid to enjoy than I've found typical at this level.

However, the "fancy words" in the Fancy Nancy concept makes it a little odd to use as an early reader. At level 1, they should be reading with a parent anyway, but the fancy words would be really hard to decode, even for kids reading a Level 3 or 4 of a series like this. I like that they put a little glossary of the fancy words and their definitions in the back -- in this book they are alfresco, brilliant, constellation, fascinating, meteor, orbit and planetarium.

They bring in what seems to be a recurring Fancy Nancy theme of making the best of a less-than-perfect situation, and turning a disappointment into a nice moment with her family when the trip to the planetarium goes awry.

Overall, I like this book, and think it's a great early reader, as long as parents are ok with sitting down and helping with the "fancy words."
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Fancy Nancy Sees Stars has several nice features:

1. The story contains enough interesting material to make a child want to see a planetarium show and study the stars outdoors.

2. When difficulties arise (a late baby sitter, a rain storm, traffic, and a flooded road), there's a reasonable solution.

3. The drawings are well done and decidedly humorous (good for gaining the interest of a young reader).

The book also has some drawbacks:

1. Some of the vocabulary is beyond a beginning reader (alfresco, constellation, planetarium).

2. The definitions of the vocabulary sometimes aren't very good (planetarium--a museum about stars and planets; orbit--to circle around something; meteor--a piece of a comet that leaves a blazing streak as it travels across the sky; fascinating--very interesting).

3. The vocabulary could have been beefed up with words that children would find more useful and easier to understand within the same theme (moon, Mars, Venus, space, vacuum).

But if your future astronomer is fascinated by the stars, this will be a good book. Just be sure that you correct the definitions for your child.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Clarissa K - Savannah on October 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
My daughter was born in March, 2002. She's now 6 and a half. We didn't discover Fancy Nancy until Feb 2007, so she was about 5. It's been a little disappointing for this series to come out as she is outgrowing it. The stories are cute but a little simple for a first grader.

Although "The Boy from Paris" and "...at the Museum" were good, this book just seems more advanced. I am hoping that Ms. O'Connor will write a few books aging Nancy as the authors of Junie B. Jones and Katie Kazoo have done. We'd like to keep the illustrations while progressing to more challenging reading. (Although, her books are all great at introducing new words!)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Rams on December 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book uses many words that are too difficult for an emerging reader.
Compared to other advertised books that are also labeled "Level 1" it is much more challenging and requires much adult intervention.
It is educational in it's content.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Julie Neal VINE VOICE on November 20, 2008
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This latest visit with the ebullient Fancy Nancy involves a class trip to a planetarium. Nancy, being such a sparkling star herself, can't wait to go. The idea of seeing planets and constellations appeals to her boundless sense of imagination. She and her friend Robert prepare for the evening by putting glow-in-the-dark stickers in the shape of constellations on their shirts, and baking star-shaped cookies. The kids orbit (a fancy word for spin in a circle) until they are dizzy. Later a rainstorm ruins their plans, but Nancy has a brilliant (a fancy word for very smart) idea: They'll hold their own night sky show! Using beach chairs and candles, Nancy, Robert and the whole family watch the sky for stars, planets and constellations. After Nancy makes a wish on a "shooting star" -- not a star at all, but instead a meteor, as she correctly points out -- Nancy finds out that the planetarium visit has been rescheduled. Her wish comes true!

Nancy is as cute as ever, with her curlicue ringlets and girly clothes. Nancy's teacher Ms. Glass (a model for teachers everywhere!) is enthusiastic and funky with a purple streak in her hair.

I'm all for more science for kids. The "fancy words" in this beginning reader book include brilliant, constellation, meteor, orbit and planetarium. Not bad!

My only quibble is with the illustrations inside the book. Instead of being by Robin Preiss Glasser, like the cover, they are done by someone else, Ted Enik. Granted, they are "pictures based on the art of Robin Preiss Glasser," but overall they are sketchier and not as charming.

Some Fancy Nancy books that exclusively use Robin's art are
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mamallama8 on August 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
Fancy Nancy is a series of stories about a little girl, who dreams of being 'fancy,' and her adventures. She is quirky and cute, with a normal family, and she tries to teach the reader some 'fancy' words or great vocabulary along the way. It can be a little awkward to read as she tries to explain 'fancy' words, but I like the concept of helping increase a child's vocabulary. I also think Nancy's love of all things 'fancy' such as princess tiaras appeals to most little girls in the 2-6 age range.

This book is for an early reader but could also be read aloud to a younger child. Nancy tries to take a trip to the planetarium, but when weather stops the trip, she has an adventure checking out the stars with her family instead. A pleasant read.
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