Meet Fancy Nancy…my daughter’s new best friend! If you have a little girl and you don’t know Fancy Nancy, you need to sprint (that’s a fancy word for run) to the bookstore or library and introduce her to this fabulous character.
Now, I’m all for avoiding gender stereotypes. My daughters have tractor books, hockey books, and Bob the Builder books. But what does Frannie like best? Princess books. I figure if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em…so my small consolation is that I finally have her believing that the non-white and/or non-blonde princesses are just as beautiful as their fairer counterparts!
Fancy Nancy is not exactly a princess (although she would certainly like to be) but she is all girl. Despite this, the books are anything but pink fluff. There are subtle little lessons to be learned, and the language is engaging and entertaining. For example, in “Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy”, author Jane O’Connor writes: “Then I get an idea that is spectacular. (That’s a fancy word for great.)” Nancy constantly expands my daughter’s vocabulary, as she loves to repeat the fancy new words she has learned from the books. The pictures are adorable, and she’s imperfect enough to be just perfect.
As with any popular series, not only are there storybooks, but there are also now Fancy Nancy early reader books, and other merchandise (sticker books, dolls) …but at least I’m spreading the wealth around, instead of contributing directly to Disney every time I make a purchase.
Oh, and we commissioned a local baker to put Fancy Nancy on Frannie’s 4th birthday cake a couple of weeks ago..check out what a great job she did!
To read a Celebrity Baby Blog interview with O’Connor and illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser, click here.