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Author: Jane O'Connor

Illustrator: Robin Preiss Glasser

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: After spending almost all of her money on a present for her sister, Fancy Nancy sees a lace fan that she wants to buy. She decides to sell some of her old things to get the money for her new fan. When her little sister spots a rhinestone necklace she likes, Nancy pretends not to hear. She wants to get money and can't afford to give it to her sister. After she sells it though, she feels bad ... Fancy Nancy doesn't want to disappoint her sister on her birthday. What should she do? The story in this book of the series focuses on creative problem solving and family.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 9; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 3.1

Age of Child: Read by a 9-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: "This one isn't my favorite." My daughter liked the fashion show idea and thought it was nice that Fancy Nancy got her necklace back, but this book didn't resonate with her as much as some of the others. She didn't want to read it again.

Adult Reader Reaction: I'm really surprised she didn't like this story. She still loves to dress up and have fashion shows, and I would have thought those two things would win her over. I thought the story had several wonderful lessons: managing your money, crative problem solving, and family first. The illustrations are as delightful as ever.

Pros: Girly girls - especially those with a sister - will appreciate this story about making the feelings that come from being selfless.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a fun book and if you're collecting them all, you'll want this. Otherwise, borrow it at the library and give it a test read before you decide.


Educational Themes: There are several themes in the story which build around the idea of compromise and being selfless. There are two situations (wanting the lace fan, the rain out for her sister's party) where Fancy Nancy uses creative problem solving to achieve her goals (first, buy something; second, make sure her sister has a good birthday party).

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 - picture book series, family, problem solving, life lessons

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2010

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