Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet

Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet by Jane O’Connor
Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser
Genre: Children’s Picture Book – Ballet
Pages: 32 Jacketed Hardcover 9×11
Date Published: February 7th, 2012
Publisher: Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins

Fancy Nancy is ready for the spotlight!

Fancy Nancy and her best friend, Bree, couldn’t be more excited about their upcoming dance show. After all, it’s all about mermaids—and who knows how to be a fancy, glamorous mermaid better than Fancy Nancy herself? But when another ballerina wins the coveted role of the mermaid, Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Can Nancy bring fancy flair to her role, even though it isn’t the one she wanted? And when disaster strikes right before the big ballet, who will step in to steal the spotlight?

From bestselling duo Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser comes a fancy, frilly ballet story with a lot of heart. Tiny fans will shout “Encore!”

Read from March 21 to 22, 2012 — I own a copy

Oh how I love Fancy Nancy! Is it silly that I am not quite certain if it my daughter or myself that is more giddy when this book comes off the shelf? Every Fancy Nancy we’ve read so far has been spectacular! (That’s a fancy word for great.) Glittery embossed covers to fanciful illustrations. Drama like only a little girl can master and oh woe is me I love it to pieces! Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet is more that just a picture book for your 4-7 year old. It is a vocabulary lesson disguised and covered in pink, purple and teal (or sapphire and turquoise – fancy words for blue). So many things can be learned and this one is about more than just words.

In the Mermaid Ballet, Nancy and Bree learn about being a team in ballet and how every part counts – even the tree and oyster. It is not only the main mermaid that gets to swim, but even all the others get to sway and become carried away. Each page is fun and full of things to discuss. The images are so cute and make me grin. Every time we read through AppleBlossom finds another thing of amusement. I’m so delighted. Just for our shelf to read for fun, but also for the sly homeschooling vocabulary on the side. So very much recommended.

*Thanks to HarperCollins for providing a copy for review.*

About the Authors:

Jane O'Connor

Jane O’Connor is the author of more than thirty books for children, including the Nina, Nina Ballerina stories, illustrated by DyAnne DiSalvo, and the Fancy Nancy picture book series. Ms. O’Connor lives with her family in ever-posh New York City.

Robin Preiss Glasser

Robin Preiss Glasser has illustrated such bestsellers as America: A Patriotic Primer by Lynne Cheney, Daddy’s Girl by Garrison Keillor, and the Fancy Nancy picture books. She lives in Southern California with her family, puppy, and tiara collection.


Ready for Ballerina learning activities?! Check out the Coloring Pages for all the characters and more on the Angelina Ballerina website. Then there are Preschool Printable Packs available from 1+1+1=1 and one featuring bears and the letter B from Confessions of a Homeschooler. Check out my PreK Ballerina Pinterest Board for many more ideas for activities, books and more dealing with Ballerinas!

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About CherryBlossomMJ

The Creative Madness Mama also known as Margaret is a Christian Stay-at-home Mama, married to the Enginerd, Quilter, avid reader and book-a-holic. A book blogger for bunches of different publicists. She loves to share the latest and greatest about books coming out as well as her quilt and other crafty projects with some pictures of her eight-year-old AppleBlossom, three-year-old Almond Blossom (the Rascal boy!), six-year-old OrangeBlossom (the Princess), and newborn Mermaid Warrior in between. Plotting to be a homeschooler, she's a cloth diapering, breastfeeding, babywearing, list making mama full of a little creative and a lot of madness.