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Fancy Nancy, Bonjour Butterfly

Last updated Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Author: Jane O'Connor
Illustrator: Robin Preiss Glasser
Date of Publication: 2008
ISBN: 0061235881
Grade Level: 2nd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: May 2009

Synopsis: Nancy thinks butterflies are simply exquisite. And that is why she can't wait for her friend Bree's Butterfly Birthday. It's going to be the fanciest birthday party ever! But when Nancy finds out she can't go because her grandparents' fiftieth anniversary party is the same day, she is furious. (Mad is way too plain for how she feels.) Will Nancy be able to overcome her disappointment? In this magical new story from bestselling duo Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, everybody's favorite fancy girl gets a surprise lesson in fancy from her grandparents. Looks like fancy runs in the family after all!

Note to readers:
•  Vocabulary: azure, scowl, sulk, curtsy (you can have them demonstrate how to curtsy and bow), automatic, ecstatic

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  What language is this?
•  What makes Nancy fancy?
•  Have you ever been to a fancy party?
•  Have you ever dressed up in fancy clothes?

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  What other languages can you say hello?
•  Do you talk to animals? Do you think they can understand you?
•  Have you ever been disappointed because you couldn’t go to something?
•  What do you do when there are two parties at the same time?
•  What are other words for “mad?”
•  Have you ever been to a butterfly garden?
•  Have you ever been to a hotel?

Craft ideas:
•  Make a Butterfly Wristband or Invitation: Using the template, cut out a butterfly shape and decorate with crayons or cut out shapes. Make a wristband and attach your butterfly to the band
•  Make a Mother’s Day Card. You can make the card in the shape of a butterfly or cut out a butterfly shape and attach to the front of the card for a 2 dimensional
•  Make a Pop Up Birthday/Mother’s Day Card: Take a piece of construction paper and cut in half “hamburger” style. Fold each piece in half to form a card shape. Take one of the halves and make 2 cuts two inches apart on the folded edge. Fold down to create a crease. Open the half and push out the cuts to form a “table”. Glue this half to the other half of construction paper. (For fun, have the kids share their paper to they glue different colors together) You can cut the “table” half slightly smaller than the other half to create a colorful edge. Cut out a birthday cake shape, party hat shape, happy face shape or any other “pop up” you want and glue to the side of the “table”.
•  Make a Party Hat to Celebrate Reading to Kid's 10th Anniversary: Take construction paper and make into a cone shape by taking the two ends and slight rolling it into an ice cream cone. Make sure to leave a small hole at the top, so streamers can be inserted. Streamers can be made by cutting strips of construction paper and rolling them with a pencil to make a curl. Glue or tape streamers to the top of the hat. Then, cut out shapes or draw to decorate party hat. Also, cut out the numbers 1 and 0 to be glued onto the hat. Lastly, poke holes onto the bottom sides of the hat and string yarn through it.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!