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Fancy Nancy Hardcover – December 13, 2005
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-K–Young Nancy, like her literary predecessors Eloise and Olivia, is a glamour queen dropped into a boring world–Nobody in my family is fancy at all. They never even ask for sprinkles. She determines to rescue her relatives from their humdrum existence by giving them lessons and accessorizing their mundane wardrobes. A situation that is charming when observed by adults in real life doesnt translate into a successful picture book. Children pretending to be fabulous creatures is appealing when it is innocent and unforced. This book, despite Glassers wonderfully energetic artwork, is ultimately a story told by adults for adults.–Kathleen Whalin, York Public Library, ME
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PreS-Gr. 2. For Nancy, there's no such thing as too, too much; she loves her frilly bedroom, her lace-trimmed socks, and her pen with a plume. Nancy teaches her family how to be fancy, too. Then following Nancy's lead, the fancied-up family heads for a festive night out (at the local pizzeria). ^B A messy food mishap puts a damper on Nancy's joy, but her supportive family and the^B "I love you" at bedtime smoothes everything out. O'Connor, the author of the Nina, Nina Ballerina stories, delivers a delightful story of dress-up and cozy family love, with a charming protagonist who enjoys, and enjoys sharing, glamour. Nancy's perky narrative, in short, simple sentences, incorporates some "fancy" vocabulary for kids to absorb (stupendous, posh), along with a sense of the rewards of a family doing things together. The cheerfully colored art is aptly exuberant, a riotous blending of color and pattern and action. A book sure to appeal to girls' inner princesses--and inspire new ensembles and decor. Shelle Rosenfeld
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Top customer reviews
The story hits all the right notes: Nancy & her best friend making Valentine's for school, a sparkling mystery valentine, loving bouquet from Dad to Nancy's immensely (that means a whole big amount) pleased Mom, love shining between the sisters Jo-jo and Nancy, and wow---raspberry chocolate creams.
The Nancy books sometimes explore tensions such as Jo-jo ruining a picture Nancy prizes and destroying a favorite doll's hair. All real & presented with much understanding of little girls. Not so this sweet soft-cover book, which celebrates the spirit of Valentine's day and suggests a world of fanciness to wear & do. Emme (now 2 l/2) adored it on first sight and there is dress-up ahead for her dog Sunny, who may or may not be as delighted with wings & a tutu as Nancy's poodle.
Any reader alerts? At about the price of a fancy Valentine card, this is an excellent value. Stickers are included but were not ultra-tenacious in adhering. Not a biggie. It can be easy to get a $1 or so sheet of heart stickers for future re-use and a dab of glue handled adherence.
Delightedly recommended for vocabulary building, helping grow loving small persons, and all around fun!
This book is so creative and fun! As a teacher I love using it for read alouds and to introduce new vocabulary to students. It's a nice introduction into helping kids think about "fancier" words for things they already know. The bright illustrations are also quite engaging.