Every now and then, I pick up a book series that we haven't ever read, despite having heard it mentioned many times. We recently discovered Fancy Nancy. Love! Harper Collins (thank you!) has sent us a beginner reader (Too Many Tutus)
, a four-book paperback set called Fancy Nancy: The Wonderful World of Fancy Nancy (including Explorer Extraordinaire, Poet Extraordinaire, Aspiring Artist, and Ooh La la! It's Beauty Day) and a chapter book (Secret Admirer). Quick reviews appear below. Both of my children (ages two and five) will sit and read them with me, cuddled up on either side of the book. They have requested a few of these many times; luckily, the ones that they enjoy the most are also the most educational titles.
In case we are not the last family on the planet to have read a Fancy Nancy book, "Fancy Nancy" is a loveable, glamour-loving little girl who loves all things "fancy," including fancy words, which makes the Fancy Nancy books great for vocabulary-building.
Too Many Tutus-- our first Fancy Nancy book. A cute story about Nancy trading in some of her tutus at a school swap (for... more, but less, tutus!). Nice message about thoughtfulness, as two of the girls want the same, single tutu.
Fancy Nancy: The Wonderful World of Fancy Nancy-- Includes the next four titles:
Fancy Nancy: Explorer Extraordinaire!-- Nancy and her friends form a club and explore birds, flowers, butterflies, leaves, etc. Very educational and cute. We like this one very much.
Fancy Nancy: Poet Extraordinaire!-- Nancy explores different types of poetry, including trying to write her own, despite a case of writer's block. This is probably the kids' favorite, and I love how much they are learning every time they read it (again and again).
Fancy Nancy: Aspiring Artist-- Very educational, as Nancy learns about different types of art. My children loved seeing Nancy do some Jackson Pollock painting in the backyard. This might be my favorite (tied with Poet Extraordinaire).
Here are my little artists doing some Jackson Pollock painting of their own last year:
Fancy Nancy: Ooh La La! It's Beauty Day-- Nancy gives her mother a makeover. An entertaining read. Her mother handles Nancy's ministrations admirably. Not my favorite of the bunch, because it isn't as educational as some of the others, but still a fun read.
Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Secret Admirer-- We have only read the first chapter of this one so far (It is more difficult to read chapter books with my 2-year old around, and when I have 1-on-1 reading time with the 5 year old, he is opting for Star Wars books lately). But I am mentioning it here to highlight that chapter books exist. "Nancy Clancy and her best friend, Bree, have love on the brain -- after all, they're learning about the human heart in science class! But when the girls decide to play matchmaker, nothing works out as planned. So the big question is: Will love conquer all?"
Comment: Do you like Fancy Nancy books? What other undiscovered series should we check out?!
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