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Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy
Each of the books in the Fancy Nancy series is an aural and visual delight. Written by Jane O'Connor and beautifully illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser, these books focus on the different situations encountered by Nancy.
The first of these books was published in 2005, remained on the New York Times Best Seller List for just under 100 weeks and spawned approximately 50 such books.
I'm not sure how old Nancy is - possibly four years old. Nancy loves to be "fancy" and does her best to introduce this concept to everyone with whom she comes in contact. She also loves anything French. Furthermore, she is keen to educate everyone around her on how to be fancy and also encourage others to learn and use fancy words - especially French words.
This might all seem a little pretentious, however we find that our three year old, and all her 3-6 year old friends, simply love hearing about different words. They certainly understand the term "fancy", especially when they see Nancy's room, clothes and even the way she eats.
In my opinion, these combinations - of a brilliant writer and illustrator, and of fancy and French, ensure that these books are a delight for any little girl aged approximately 3-6 years. (The publisher recommends 4-7 years and states suitable for key stage 1.)
In Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy, Nancy is dog-sitting her neighbour's dog Jewel for the day. Nancy explains that it's a papillon and "you say it like this: pappy-yon. In French it means butterfly". Nancy's day is fun-filled. She enjoys showing her little sister how to care for Jewel - blow-drying her hair, dressing her up and poop-scooping. However as the day goes on, Nancy sadly realises that a dog can be hard work, especially if its one that doesn't seem to fit in with the family.
Our whole family loves the Fancy Nancy books - they all come highly recommended from us. This book is particularly relevant to us right now, as our French speaking, party-dress-wearing three year old daughter would quite like a puppy!
The book comes in hardcover and softback. We have the softback version, in English. There is also a Spanish version available.
It's published by HarperCollins Children's Books, 2008.
ISBN 13 9780007254835
The retail price for this book is £5.99, however I bought it second-hand from EBay for £1.70 incl postage.