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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Fancy Nancy's Favorite Words (Picture Book)



Released April 2008


www.harpercollinschildren.com


Reviewed by Deb Fowler

Nancy, who is into fancy words, says that when you use one in a sentence, “it’s like adding sprinkles to vanilla ice cream!” Fancy words are fine and dandy and can come in handy when a gal wants to feel a bit more grownup and sophisticated (that kind of means to be a bit more grown up acting and have good taste in things, but that word isn’t in this book). You only have to take an excursion (a special trip) through this book to find all kinds of fancy Nancy words from A to Z that you didn’t know before!

Every letter has a fancy word, a neat definition (one you can understand) and a sentence with the word in it. Take for example, the letters K and L . . .

Knack–a talent or a clever way of doing something
Lavender–fancy for light purple

“I have a knack for mixing and matching ensembles. Take it from me, lavender works with almost anything.”

Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser are a dynamic duo and their Fancy Nancy books are loads of fun, to say nothing of educational. The combination of definition, the inclusion of the word in a sentence and appealing definitions can encourage many children to painlessly expand their vocabularies. They describe their own work with the letter O. “Ooh la la!–French for ‘Look! How Wonderful!’”

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