“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Fancy Nancy. Written by Jane O’Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. This is a book that matters because it sends a powerful message for girls. Nancy is incredibly fancy, but she is also strong, creative, compassionate, and adventurous. I enjoyed reading the series with my daughter when she was young. She was enamored with the illustrations. O’Connor always includes “fancy” words throughout the text. I often brought these books into my classroom, so students could get ideas about interesting words. Several years ago Fancy Nancy was transformed into a ballet. My daughter, mother, and I enjoyed getting dressed up fancy and watching the ballet together. It sparked an annual tradition of a girls only cultural event every December in my family. This book/series is appropriate for all children. In my experience, boys and girls enjoy Nancy’s adventures and her interactions with her not so fancy family.