Fancy Nancy and the Fabulous Fashion Boutique Hardcover – Oct 12 2010
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About the Author
Jane O'Connor is the author of more than thirty books for children, including Nina, Nina Ballerina, illustrated by DyAnne DiSalvo, and the Fancy Nancy picture book series. Ms. O'Connor lives with her family in ever-posh New York City.
Desde la publicacion de Nancy la Elegante, el closet de Jane O’Connor cuenta con tantas boas, coronas y atuendos brillantes que a veces sus amigas no la reconocen por la calle. Aun reside (esa es una palabra elegante para decir que vive) en la ciudad de Nueva York con su familia y su companero canino, Arrow.
Robin Preiss Glasser, a former professional ballet dancer, has illustrated more than fifty children's picture books, including the New York Times bestselling Fancy Nancy series, written by Jane O'Connor. Robin lives in San Juan Capistrano, California, with her husband, Bob. She has two grown children, Sasha and Ben.
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As with all Fancy Nancy books there is always an underlying, not so hidden, message - which is what I love about this series. You don't have to read between the lines to figure out what the author wants you to know. Obviously in this case O'Connor is sharing the lessons of selflessness and love. Fancy 'sacrifices' something she really wants to make sure that her sister has a fantastic birthday gift. Even though Nancy is not able to get her fan she finds happiness and fulfillment in her sister's happiness.
Out of all the Fancy Nancy books I believe that this one can be relateable to most children. The message of this installment can even cross over with boys - teaching them to be more selfless and caring for their family and friends.
Of course, there's nothing wrong with the story which centers on Nancy's sister's birthday. Nancy uses nearly all her money to buy her sister a present and then opens a yard sale style boutique to raise money to buy herself something. It goes awry when her sister wants as her birthday present a necklace Nancy sells. Being a good sister, Nancy gets the necklace back and gives it as a present, as well as saves the day when rain threatens to spoil the party.
In the end, however, this story is just a bit flat. The artwork is still fantastic and it's pleasant enough, but it seems to lack the energy and nice, subtle moral of the other books. (In fact, I'm not sure I like the fact that Nancy ends up with her desire at the end.) Other than the big reveal of Nancy's sister's name--which I won't give away here--there's not a lot that's as memorable as Nancy's slip at the ice cream parlor, Jewel "gak"ing in Nancy's dress, or the butterfly garden in the other books.
Still, time will tell. Maybe the story will grow on my daughter and me, as some of the other books have done. I'm certainly happy to have it on the shelf.