Jane O'Connor & Robin Preiss Glasser
HarperCollins, 2005 (2005)
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Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch
ancy is a little girl who seeks the finer things in life and can turn anything ordinary or plain into something extraordinary or fancy. She accessorizes, puts frilly toothpicks in her sandwiches, and substitutes more sophisticated words for everyday ones. For example, she would never think to use the word
ancy's problem is that her family is as plain as she is its opposite, so she gives them lessons in how to be
. But when they all go out to celebrate with
(a fancy way of saying sundaes), she trips and falls at the restaurant, and suddenly doesn't feel so good about herself any more, until her parents remind her that they love her in the simplest way possible.
is one of the most charming picture books I have read this year. I love Nancy's confidence in herself and her way of looking at life. The whimsical illustrations are as delightful as the text. I know this will be a household favorite for years to come.
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