This week hasn’t been as crazy as the last couple ones but I haven’t written any more than usual. Guess I’ve been catching up on sleep. Yesterday I did a reading at another elementary school. Actually it was two small ones who shared a librarian. I woke up sick and throwing up. It was hard being enthusiastic about “Annie’s Special Day” and telling time but the kids seemed to enjoy it. I was faking it, however. It didn’t occur to me to reschedule. I was almost out the door when I lost my breakfast. In the years of hospital nursing and even with home health one just “toughs it out” because substitutes are so hard to find and if you call in sick, you must do so before three hours of showing up, so management can make other arrangements. And in this case, there is no management. The only thing binding is a commitment to a contract between me and the librarian.
As usual I have two gifts for you.
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Now for more of the good stuff:
Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Fancy Nancy
Title: Fancy Nancy
Author and Illustrator: Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser
Publisher: Harper Collins, fiction, 2006,
Age for: four to eight
Themes: Costume and dress, Manners and customs, Family life,
From the Jacket: Meet Nancy, who believes that more is always better when it comes to being fancy. From the top of her tiara down to her sparkly studded shoes, Nancy is determined to teach her family a thing or two about being fancy. How Nancy transforms her parents and little sister for one enchanted evening makes for a story that is funny and warm – with or without frills.
Why I loved it: Nancy tries so hard to be fancy and in the end just turns out to be human with mistakes. The ending is stupendous (a fancy word for wonderful.) and I don’t want to ruin the surprise. Her family is one of the kinds that deserve to go out for saint hood and her wise parents just end up loving her all the more for her desire to be fancy. This Picture book is named one of the 100 top best picture books to read and I was surprised it wasn’t in the Susanna Leonard Hill’s list yet. Lucky me!
This is what , Erik, the kid who reviews books says every Friday ,
Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people.
Have you heard of Fancy Nancy and/or read any of her related books?
Have a safe and lovely weekend, y’all. Xoxo”
Do you think you will like this book? Why or why not?