Read Aloud Thursday: Fancy Nancy

Fancy Nancy

As I mentioned yesterday, each of my three kids is currently enjoying read-alouds that are part of  a series. Today I thought I’d highlight one of Ruth’s current favorites.   Fancy Nancy is a new discovery in our house and Ruth loves her. The stories themselves are a little advanced for an (almost) 2 yr old but she loves the  illustrations  by the fabulous Robin Preiss Glasser.  She looks at them and says “pretty” or “fancy”.

Ruth changes her clothes easily 5 or 6 times a day and has quite her own sense of style as you can see. If she isn’t naked and bringing me a new outfit to help her put on, she is bringing me a baby doll to help dress or change. Like Nancy, she is a fancy girl trapped in a family of plain people.

In the title book of the series, Nancy gives her family fancy lessons and tries to help them find their inner fancy. She is quite ecstatic ( a fancy word for happy) when they embrace the glamour and take her out to dinner. But when she had a little accident she finds out that even if her family isn’t fancy they do love her.  As we love our fancy girl.

I love the illustrations in Fancy Nancy but I also like the sweetness of the story by Jane O’Connor. I like that it’s about being yourself but not in a heavy-handed way. And I like that the family is very plain but is willing to make fools of themselves for their love of her. We’ve enjoyed several other books in the series and all have had that same great mix of sweetness and silliness.

Other Super Stupendous Picture Book Series:

Karma Wilson’s Bear Books
the Frances books by Russell and Lillian Hoban
Jez Alborough’s Duck Books
Nancy Shaw’s Sheep Books
the Llama Llama books by Anna Dewdney

And as usual check out Hope Is The Word for more fabulous read-aloud ideas.

9 thoughts on “Read Aloud Thursday: Fancy Nancy

  1. LOVE this picture! Still don’t know why those books aren’t called “Fancy Judy”. Just saying! Hope you are having a good week.

  2. Cute picture of your Fancy Nancy! Some of our favorite series include Cynthia Rylant’s Henry and and Mudge, Annie and Snowball, and Mr. Putter & Tabby. We recently read through Jonathan London’s Froggie series and loved them.

  3. Your daughter and my 7-year-old have a lot in common! Every time I turn around some days, she’s wearing a different combination of dress-up clothes! I actually don’t think we’ve met Fancy Nancy yet. We’ll have to check her out next library trip.

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