Been to Fancy Nancy? Well, if you are a 4-6 year old girl, you surely know who she is. Nancy, the creative genius of author Jane O’Connor, is a young girl who loves everything elegant. The original story book in the series, aptly titled “Fancy Nancy,” tells the story of Nancy, a little girl with curly auburn hair who loves to talk using fancy French words, dresses up in elegant clothes and loves just about anything else. Nancy’s favorite doll is also tres fancy: the name of her doll, Marabelle, is short for Marabelle Lavinia Chandelier. Unfortunately, the rest of Nancy’s family is very simple. Nancy even goes as far as giving her family lessons on the differences between plain and fantasy. Glasses … simple, sunglasses … extravagant! Nancy’s signature attire is a cow print leotard paired with a poodle skirt, fairy wings, cat-eye sunglasses, leg warmers, ballet slippers and a tiara. The unique and whimsical illustrations, by Robin Preiss Glasser, add to the delightful nature of these books.
In subsequent 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,” says Jane, “I ran to my room, jumped into my pink tutu, wrapped myself in a red satin cloak, and came out to greet my guests in a couple of my mother’s clothes. with high heels. I was not a girl-girl, but I felt it was important to look elegant for the company. ” O’Connor was Fancy Jane long before she wrote Fancy Nancy.
What does it mean to be imaginative for Nancy? It means toothpicks curled up in sandwiches, eating with your pinky up, lace-trimmed socks while you play football, and DIY canopies above her bed.
Jane O’Connor’s Fancy Nancy hysteria has blossomed in a growing series of picture books, I can read books, as well as Fancy Nancy gifts and items such as dolls, doll clothes, puzzles, games, birthday party supplies, bedroom accessories and of course Fancy Nancy dress up dresses for little girls. You can find a Fancy Nancy gift for all occasions.
Check out our Fancy Nancy Trivia to see how much you know about this amazing little girl:
A. What word is written on the pillow resting on Nancy’s bed?
B. What is Nancy’s favorite color?
C. What is the name of the restaurant where Nancy and her family go out to eat?
Q. What is the name of Nancy’s best friend?
E. What is the full name of Nancy’s doll? (hint: we talked about it above)
F. Who are Nancy’s neighbors (on each side of her house)?
G. What do you think Nancy will be when she grows up?
H. What is 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 surname?
M. What is the name of Nancy’s dog?
N. What do you use to hold the canopy of the bed?
O. What is the name of Fancy’s sister Nancy?
P. What was Mrs. DeVine’s profession?
Q. What breed is Mrs DeVine’s dog?
A. What city did Mrs. DeVine live in as a child?
S. What’s the name of Nancy’s babysitter?
Answers: A: Sublime; B: Fuchsia; C: The king’s crown; D: Bree; E: Marabelle Lavinia chandelier; F: Bree (her best friend) and Mrs. DeVine; G: A moth (fictional word for a scientist who studies butterflies); H: Jewel; I: La Salle Spaniel; J: Ms. Glass; K: he doesn’t have a middle name; L: Clancy (yes … that makes her Fancy Nancy Clancy!); M: French; N: A broom and a mop; O. JoJo; P. Beauty professional (worked in a hairdresser); D: Papillion; A: Hollywood; S. Alessio
O’Connor cites excerpts from his interview with National Public Radio