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Author: Jane O'Connor

Illustrator: Robin Preiss Glassner and Ted Enik

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Publisher: HarperTrophy, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publisher,

Material: paperback

Summary: There's a new boy in school, and he's from Paris. Oo-la-la, Nancy is in heaven. A new friend from France. She wants to talk about the Eiffel Tower, he wants to read about cowboys. When Nancy shows Robert her Eiffel Tower poster, she learns that that Paris isn't just in France. This is an early reader that blends humor in a story about friendship and assumptions.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, easy reader

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 1.8

Age of Child: Read by 7-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Our first grader likes Fancy Nancy, especially the French vocabulary. She needed a little help with some of the new words (in English and French), but handled most of the book well. The story stuck with her, because she applied some of Nancy's logic to other events in her life.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is an I Can Read Book, but it flows just as well as the other Fancy Nancy picture books. It has more text than some Level 1 books, but it is filled with sight words and repetition that aid both comprehension and confidence.

Pros: Humor and a fast-moving story will encourage kids to keep turning the page as they learn to read with Fancy Nancy.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. Most I Can Read Books serve a purpose and have a limited shelf life. This is fun to share with pre-readers (preschoolers and Kindergartners) and is likely to be read repeatedly by new readers. Because it is text-heavy, it will probably last longer than most as something fun to read.

If You Liked This Book, Try: CINDER RABBIT   HUMPTY DUMPTY JR.: Hardboiled Detective: The Case of the Fiendish Flapjack Flop   DAISY DAWSON IS ON HER WAY (Daisy Dawson Series)

Educational Themes: Although the story is largely intended to encourage and assist new readers, there are opportunities to pause and ask "What do you think will happen?" or "Why do you think is?" You can add to your French vocabulary list, talk about friendship, geography, the perils of assumptions, and being open to new things.

Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 1.8
This publisher sent a copy of this book as part of the 2009-2010 Children's and Young Adult Bloggers Literary Award (Cybils) process. This review is not intended to represent the opinions of the Cybils. The book will be donated to a reader in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - easy reader series, friendship, humor, school

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2008

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