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This latest visit with the ebullient Fancy Nancy involves a class trip to a planetarium. Nancy, being such a sparkling star herself, can't wait to go. The idea of seeing planets and constellations appeals to her boundless sense of imagination. She and her friend Robert prepare for the evening by putting glow-in-the-dark stickers in the shape of constellations on their shirts, and baking star-shaped cookies. The kids orbit (a fancy word for spin in a circle) until they are dizzy. Later a rainstorm ruins their plans, but Nancy has a brilliant (a fancy word for very smart) idea: They'll hold their own night sky show! Using beach chairs and candles, Nancy, Robert and the whole family watch the sky for stars, planets and constellations. After Nancy makes a wish on a "shooting star" -- not a star at all, but instead a meteor, as she correctly points out -- Nancy finds out that the planetarium visit has been rescheduled. Her wish comes true!
Nancy is as cute as ever, with her curlicue ringlets and girly clothes. Nancy's teacher Ms. Glass (a model for teachers everywhere!) is enthusiastic and funky with a purple streak in her hair.
I'm all for more science for kids. The "fancy words" in this beginning reader book include brilliant, constellation, meteor, orbit and planetarium. Not bad!
My only quibble is with the illustrations inside the book. Instead of being by Robin Preiss Glasser, like the cover, they are done by someone else, Ted Enik. Granted, they are "pictures based on the art of Robin Preiss Glasser," but overall they are sketchier and not as charming.
My daughers (11, 8 and 6) enjoy this cute book! The sentences are more simple, but the words are big and challenging at times. Go with the "My First" I Can Read! books for emerging readers...the level 1 is for kids who can already read well.