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Author: Jane O'Connor

Illustrator: Robin Preiss Glasser

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Monday is library day and this week Nancy picked out a book about Sacajawea. When her teacher says that everyone has to write a book report, Nancy is even more excited. She uses her artistic talent (she is the second-best-artist in class!) to create a magnificent cover. Even though she has read her book and knows all about Sacajawea, Nancy can't put her knowledge on paper. Everyone else has long reports, Nancy has two sentences. Now what? This is an easy reader version of a Fancy Nancy story.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 5 to 8

Age of Child: Read by an 8-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Although this was too easy for our second grader, she loves Nancy and always likes to find out what she's up to. This one prompted her to pull out some of her other Fancy Nancy favorites.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a cute story and a good lesson. It will be a nice one to pull out again when its time to do book reports and similar projects. Nancy spent so much time on the fun part that she didn't get the important stuff done.

Pros: Fancy Nancy has a way of making everyone smile ... and fans will love the chance to read this one themselves.

Cons: This is listed on one bookseller site as for kids ages 3 to 8. Kids younger than first grade probably won't understand what a "book report" is and may not enjoy the story.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow unless you have a Fancy Nancy fan who is collecting books. This is an easy reader with a strong story, but it is still a transitional title.

If You Liked This Book, Try: FANCY NANCY SEES STARS (I Can Read Book, Level 1)   FANCY NANCY AND THE BOY FROM PARIS (I Can Read, level 1)   DANNY AND THE DINOSAUR GO TO CAMP (I Can Read Book Series, Level 1)

Educational Themes: This is a book for developing readers. It has a strong story that offers information on ways to approach (and not approach) school projects.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - humor, reading, school, easy reader series, library

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2011

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