Fancy Nancy: Explorer Extraordinaire

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Exploring the outdoors, with a Fancy Nancy twist.

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What parents need to know

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Nancy and her friend Bree are two girls who dig in the dirt, and wear ribbons and bows while doing it.  They form a nature club, with earth-savvy rules, and work out ways of including the younger siblings.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is another Fancy Nancy adventure, this time in the outdoors, and it's packed with legitimate, accurate scientific facts as well as the usual Fancy Nancy pizzazz!

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What's the story?

Fancy Nancy and her friend Bree organize a nature club and set off to explore the world of insects, birds, and plants. They plan what they need, and how they should act as well as taking notes, creating journals with photos and drawings, doing research, and discovering new, exciting words to describe their adventures. Pages include recipes, drawings, and maps as well as tons of information about ants, butterflies, spiders, hummingbirds, and leaves.

Is it any good?

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Fancy Nancy books are always fun, and spirited, and full of fancy words...just like Nancy herself. And this particular adventure is all that, and more. As with the other books, the main character is an individual, a girl who insists on wearing ribbons, curls, and all kinds of frilly fancy things. Still she is adventurous, strong-willed, and intelligent. In this instance, she is getting her hands into the dirt, checking out spiders and ants, and showing that exploring nature is fun.

Besides showing just how creative a kid can be, this book also addresses relationships with younger siblings. Nancy struggles with whether Freddy and her sister are mature enough to be part of the club, and how and when to include them. And on top of all that, this is a wonderful nature book packed full of information, illustrations, and activities.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about all the things a nature explorer would need, what kinds of rules they would have if they formed a nature club, what they might find, and how they would take care of their discoveries.  What do you think of Nancy's rules? Would you have the same ones? What would you have done if people in your club broke the rules? Did you know that queen ants laid all the eggs, that flies had sticky pads on their feet, or that butterflies were different from moths? What new words did you learn?

Book details

Author:Jane O'Connor
Illustrator:Robin Preiss Glasser
Genre:For Beginning Readers
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:HarperCollins Children's Books
Publication date:March 31, 2009
Number of pages:32
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 8
Read aloud:6
Read alone:8

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Parent of a 5 year old Written byPirateMom April 22, 2010
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5
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Nature isn't gross - even the creepy-crawly part

My daughter is not a fan of bugs - in fact, she will scream at the approach of an ant. But she loves this book, and I love the message that exploration and even bugs are "fancy" girl activities. It has given us lots of jumping off points for conversations. I also love the sub-plot about respecting and including younger siblings!

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Parent of a 4 year old Written byJadedcup June 12, 2009
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10
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Not the Nancy I grew to love

I went to go buy this one the moment it came out. I figured my own little 'Fancy Nancy' would love it as much as she does her beginning readers. At the book store I looked it over with my husband and he shook his head. There was plenty of fancy words...but there was little discussion in context to help explain what these word meant. Lots of scientific speak...little of the wonderfully played converational style that 'Nancy' has used before to help tiny readers keep up. Even the book store clerk shook her head and said, "I know...it's not the same.

We were left dissapointed in this installment in an otherwise wonderful series.

Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 August 29, 2012
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fancy nancy explorer extrordinare

Families can talk about all the things a nature explorer would need, what kinds of rules they would have if they formed a nature club, what they might find, and how they would take care of their discoveries. What do you think of Nancy's rules? Would you have the same ones? What would you have done if people in your club broke the rules? Did you know that queen ants laid all the eggs, that flies had sticky pads on their feet, or that butterflies were different from moths? What new words did you learn?

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