Fancy Nancy

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Supportive family helps girly girl shine.

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Parents need to know that this book is about a girl who loves frou-frou things, but Nancy is certainly no wimp. There's a wonderful message about the importance of a supportive family.

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What's the story?

Nancy offers fancy lessons to clue her rather plain family in on the joys of fanciness. However, a fancy outing to The King's Crown family restaurant ends in disaster. Will Nancy be able to find her fanciness again?

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FANCY NANCY joins a long line of spirited girls with a passion for pink, but she's a welcome addition to what might be an overcrowded genre. What sets Nancy apart is her loving family, who do more than tolerate her interests: They're willing to share them. Even her father takes notes when she offers an ad for "Learn to be fancy" lessons on her family's fridge.

Young wannabe princesses will be drawn to detailed illustrations, which are crowded with girly objects of desire -- but Nancy is not all prissy. Her fanciness helps her truly be all that she can be, no matter what she's trying to tackle. As she explains, "Lace-trimmed socks do help me to play soccer better." Even girls who can do without pens with plumes and tiaras may find a kindred spirit in our fancy heroine -- and her supportive family that's there for her throughout it all.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the ways they can respect and even enjoy each other's passions whether or not they share them. They may use Nancy's family as inspiration for their own fancy outing -- complete with parfaits.

Book details

Author:Jane O'Connor
Illustrator:Robin Preiss Glasser
Genre:Picture Book
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:HarperCollins Children's Books
Publication date:August 3, 2006
Number of pages:32
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 7
Read aloud:4
Read alone:7

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Parent of a 5 and 7 year old Written byJamie and James March 14, 2010
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My daughter is completly in love with these books, I reccommend every one!

Oh, wow! I started reading these to Jamie when she was three, and now she has memorized them! Now she wants to be just like fancy nancy! She even knows two french words from these books!
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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 August 29, 2012
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spirit in our fancy heroine -- and her supportive family that's there for her throughout it all. Families can talk about the ways they can respect and even enjoy each other's passions whether or not they share them. They may use Nancy's family as inspiration for their own fancy outing -- complete with parfaits.
Parent Written byBAGS October 15, 2011
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Oops! I trip. I slip. The Tray does a double flip!

I got this book for my daughter when she was 2 and she thought it was stupendous! (That's a fancy word for great!) She is now 4 and has every Fancy Nancy book there is! This book is the first in an absolutely wonderful series that is sure to expand your child's vocabulary! Fancy Nancy likes to use big words, and she especially likes French, which she defines for the reader. The pictures are colorful and zany enough to entertain children of all ages. The story is simple and one I feel many parents can also relate to if they have a daughter that likes to play dress-up! Who hasn't worn silly accessories to a restaurant at the request of their child! I would highly recommend this book and all others in the series.
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