Do you know Fancy Nancy? Well, if you are a 4-6 year old girl, you sure know who it is. Nancy, the creative brilliance of author Jane O’Connor, is a young woman who loves all things stylish. The series’ original storybook, appropriately titled “Fancy Nancy,” tells the story of Nancy, a pint-sized girl with curly brown hair who loves to speak elegant French words, dresses in elegant clothes and loves just about anything else that is stylish. Even Nancy’s favorite doll is three fancy: her doll’s name, Marabelle, is short for Marabelle Lavinia Chandelier. Unfortunately, the rest of Nancy’s family is very straightforward. Nancy even goes so far as to lecture her family on the differences between simple and elegant. Glasses … plain, sunglasses … luxury! Nancy’s signature clothing is a cow print leotard paired with a poodle skirt, fairy wings, cat eye sunglasses, leg warmers, ballet slippers and a tiara. Unique and whimsical illustrations, by Robin Preiss Glasser, add to the charming nature of these books.
In the following picture books in the Fancy Nancy series, including “Bonjour Butterfly,” “Posh Puppy,” and “Explorer Extraordinaire,” you meet Nancy’s dog, Frenchy, and her best friend Bree.
Jane O’Connor’s inspiration for all of her books, including the Fancy Nancy series, comes from her own life experiences or those of her family. Every Sunday afternoon when Jane was about 4 or 5 years old, her grandmother and her great-aunts came to visit Jane and her family. “As soon as I heard the doorbell ring,” says Jane, “I would run to my room, put on my pink tutu, wrap myself in a satin red cape, and gallop out to greet my guests with a pair of my mother’s shoes. “. high heels. I wasn’t a kid, but I felt it was important to look elegant for company. ”O’Connor was Fancy Jane long before Fancy Nancy wrote.
What does being elegant mean to Nancy? It means ruffled toothpicks on sandwiches, pinkie-up eating, lace trimmed socks while playing soccer, and DIY canopies over your bed.
Jane O’Connor’s Fancy Nancy hysteria has become a growing series of picture books, I can read books as well as Fancy Nancy gifts and merchandise such as dolls, doll clothes, puzzles, games, birthday party supplies , bedroom accessories, and of course Fancy Nancy wears toddler girl clothes. You can find a Fancy Nancy gift for all occasions.
Take a look at our Fancy Nancy Trivia to see how much you know about this remarkable little girl:
A. What word is written on the pillow that rests on Nancy’s bed?
B. What is Nancy’s favorite color?
C. What is the name of the restaurant that Nancy and her family eat at?
D. What is the name of Nancy’s best friend?
E. What is the full name of Nancy’s doll? (hint: we mentioned it above)
F. Who are Nancy’s neighbors (on either side of her house)?
G. What does Nancy think she will be when she grows up?
H. What’s the name of Mrs. DeVine’s dog?
I. What breed is Nancy’s dog?
J. What is the name of Nancy’s teacher?
K. What is Nancy’s middle name?
L. What is Nancy’s last name?
M. What is the name of Nancy’s dog?
N. What do you use to support your bed canopy?
O. What’s the name of Fancy Nancy’s sister?
Q. What was Ms. DeVine’s profession?
Q. What breed is Mrs. DeVine’s dog?
A. In what city did Mrs. DeVine live as a child?
S. What is the name of Nancy’s babysitter?
Answers: A: Sublime; B: fuchsia; C: the king’s crown; D: Bree; E: Marabelle Lavinia Spider; F: Bree (her best friend) and Mrs. Guess; G: A lepidopterist (that’s a fancy word for a scientist who studies butterflies); H: jewel; I: La Salle spaniel; J: Ms. Glass; K: She doesn’t have a middle name; L: Clancy (yes … that makes her Fancy Nancy Clancy!); M: Frenchy; N: a broom and a mop; O. JoJo; P. Beauty care professional (worked in a hairdresser); Q: Papillion; A: Hollywood; S. Alex
O’Connor quotes excerpts from his interview with National Public Radio