Fancy Nancy: Bonjour, Butterfly



Butterflies and grandparents can be fancy too.

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Fancy Nancy struggles with her disappointment, and overcomes it.

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Parents need to know that this is part of the bestselling Fancy Nancy series, and each one just gets better than the last.

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What's the story?

Fancy Nancy is more than mad when she finds out she has to go her grandparents' 50th anniversary party rather than to her best friend Bree's butterfly birthday celebration. Luckily, a flair for fancy runs in the family, and Nancy learns to live with her disappointment.

Is it any good?


As usual, the bejeweled, beribboned Nancy has spunk, and a plan for making the world fancier. And, as usual, the pages of her story are filled with fancy words as well flowing, expressive, fancy illustrations. Butterflies are a part of the theme here, and the scene in the butterfly garden is particularly exquisite...gorgeous as Nancy calls it.

When Nancy's world conflicts with those around her, particularly her parents, she gets mad, furious in fact, and they handle the whole situation with a gentle, yet firm, understanding that is to be admired. Without losing her flair for a moment, Nancy works through her disappointment and, with her family's loving support, finds "fancy" in unexpected places. This is a terrific series, with something for everyone. New works include Spanish editions, I Can Read Books, and even a dictionary of Fancy Nancy words.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the disappointment Fancy Nancy feels and the way she deals with it. Have you ever planned on something the way she planned on going to Bree's party, and then been let down as she was? Did you think her parents were right in making her go to the grandparents' party instead? What did you think about the way her parents dealt with Nancy's disappointment? What did Nancy learn in the end?

Book details

Author:Jane O'Connor
Illustrator:Robin Preiss Glasser
Genre:Picture Book
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:HarperCollins Children's Books
Publication date:February 5, 2008
Number of pages:32
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 7
Read aloud:4
Read alone:7

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Parent of an infant and 2 year old Written byshamrockgrl74 April 9, 2008
I bought this one since by dauther loved the first 2 so much. I enjoyed the first 2 books more than this one, but is still a good story. I'm glad to see Nancy get dissapointed and work thru it. Can't wait to see what happens to Nancy in the coming 4th book.


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