book review

Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor

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While this might look like a book fit for a fancy princess (and it is), there’s more to this book than just pink ribbons and high heels.  Nancy loves being fancy–her pen writes better because it has a feather plume on it, and socks with lace on them make her a better soccer player.  Her love of fancy extends to her room (certainly not plain) and her language (yellow is plain, gold is fancy).   Nancy’s love of fancy seems goodnatured, and she comes across as a fun little girl, not a spoiled princess.  And she’s willing to share the fancy with her family, who need her help becoming less ordinary.   So Nancy has a “stupendous idea,  learn to be fancy with lessons from Nancy–easy! fun free!”  Her family shows a fun willingness to humor Nancy, and when things don’t quite go Nancy’s way, they are there with sympathy, support, and most of all, love.   This story is for all kids who are happy to march to the beat of their own drummer, but still sometimes need to know that their family loves them, no matter what.   The illustrations are bright and (literally) sparkly and fun to look at, without being too, you guessed it, fancy.


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