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Kindergarten-Grade 3?A warmhearted story with striking illustrations to match. Fanny Agnes is a "sturdy girl" who foresees a prince?or at least the mayor's son?as the man of her dreams. She's even depending on her fairy godmother to provide one for her. But she marries Heber Jensen, a farmer, and they share a life filled with ups and downs, babies, laughter, and love. Finally, when the fairy godmother arrives (several years late), Fanny Agnes has discovered that she doesn't need her anymore?she's found her prince. The characters' expressive, round, cartoonlike faces give form to their personalities. Buehner's farm scenes, so dramatically angled and brilliantly hued in Jerdine Nolen's Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm (Lothrop, 1994), are softer here, with a more muted palette. Especially effective are overhead sky views, such as the scene of the fairy godmother flying over the watermelon patch toward a content Fanny. Fanny's strength is not the epic kind found in a tall-tale heroine like Anne Isaacs's Swamp Angel (Dutton, 1994); hers is strength of character to recognize the dreams that make life worthwhile.?Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 0790 (What's this?)
  • Series: Picture Puffins
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books (June 23, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142500607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142500606
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dana G. Williams on July 23, 2000
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Fanny's dream is a great story for kids. It teaches them to make hard choices and to recognize that dreams are often reachable through love, hard work and kindness, rather than through a fairy godmother. Fanny, herself, doesn't run into the usual Cinderella fairytale. She's not a "pretty girl" that just needs to be cleaned up nice for the king's ball. She's an every woman who dreams of marrying someon great and having a great life... and comes to realize that fancy gowns and capitalistic royal fantasies don't necessarily make everyone happy.
I would recommend this book to any child, male or female. Although it is nice to have a woman as a main character who doesn't fit into any televised stereotypes.
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By A Customer on June 9, 2000
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It's amazing how there can be so much impact on one's emotions from a simple children's book! When you and your wife put yourselves in the places of Heber and Fanny and start to look at the simple tasks that need to be completed to make a happy home and the satisfaction that comes from having a trusting mate, your partner for life with you no matter what your occupation or appearance, you will start to experience real love and happiness. My wife and I both had happy tears after reading this with our youngsters because the story shows that there is a Heber and Fanny in every couple that is aching to scream "I love you no matter what!" Read this book. Shed the plasticity of the world and learn from the simple example of true love that is portrayed in this wonderful story. We're going to be giving copies as anniversary gifts to our friends!
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Anyone with a little girl who is a little too caught up in the idea of Prince Charming should buy this book. Fanny marries a nice guy, lives on a farm, raises kids and works hard. Not her original plan, but in the end realizes that she does have her prince. A wonderful message to little girls that great things don't always come in gorgeous/rich packages!
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Fanny's Dream (Picture Puffins)

A wonderfully illustrated story that has a powerful moral. We often have big dreams and wishes that are beyond the realm of reality. My Mom used to warn me, 'be careful what you pray for'. Fanny had a dream to marry a prince and have a life of ease and luxury, waited on hand and foot. But the reality was that she married a simple farmer, just like her. They had a good marriage full of happiness, but also a life of hard work and the occasional disaster. Although she did not marry the tall, dark, handsome prince, she felt that her life was 'close enough, close enough'. I purchased a book for each of my 6 children as a Christmas gift, and labeled them 'Marriage Manual'.
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I first came across this book when I looked up the reviews of Crystal Kendrick, after she wrote a one-star review of another one of my favorite books, Smoky Mountain Rose: An Appalachian Cinderella. I know this might sound ugly, but because she wrote a negative review of a book I have really liked for over a decade, I thought, well, if she doesn't like this book either, maybe I should get it and read it for myself. I will say that, in a way, this book is a little sad. Fanny gives up her dream of marrying a prince (or the mayor's son), but by the end of the story, you can see that she actually realized the husband she had was a true prince. Yes, dreams are good. But, there comes a point, when we all have to grow up and realize that 99.9% are never going to live in a fairytale castle and marry a prince. If you are only 5 feet tall, you eventually have to wake up and realize that you're probably not going to become a professional basketball player. That's life. That's reality. I think fairytales are fine, but I do also think that kids should be shown some realism too rather than going through childhood with everyone always telling them they can do anything they want and then hitting adulthood and having reality smack them in the head. As for criticizing it because Fanny is described as stout and plain, well, most of us aren't movie-star gorgeous like the heroines of fairytales, right? Isn't that part of the problem today, that everyone thinks they have to measure up to the looks of models and actors? If any story is going to be criticized, shouldn't it be the fairytales that paint a rosy picture that we should be sweet and beautiful (and of course, have perfect soprano voices) and we'll live in a big castle with a handsome prince? That's not realistic.Read more ›
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Every one should have this book. It was written for children but the outcome is wide spread.
Marriages have been saved by the truths in this little story.
Fanny is a little like most of us.
It is a story of her dream and her reality and how happily ever after doesn't always look the way story books make it appear.
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My two year old picked up this book at the library and I reluctantly allowed her to check it out--the cover was not appealing--me who loves classics with no covers..I know don't judge a book by its cover. We have read this book several times and I shared it with my women's group, I am sharing it with two twenty soemthings inthe morning and am buying several copies tonight. One copy for home, one copy for my engaged sister, two copies to give with wedding gifts this summer. Why? Fanny has a dream, she doesn't care who laughs at her, Herbie has a dream and gently lays out the truth to Fannie, Fannie sews his underwear shut for laughs (humur is essential in a relationship), Fannie is offered the chance to leave all her domestic responsibilites in favor of a "prnice or someone like a prince" and she realizes that her reality is a dream come true. yes I am gushing...very few details I would change.
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