Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet
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Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet (Fancy Nancy 2)

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  431 ratings  ·  94 reviews
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 b...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by HarperCollins (first published October 1st 2011)
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Lisa Vegan
Apr 25, 2012 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all Fancy Nancy fans, readers interested in ballet, mermaids, words, fancy things
Recommended to Lisa by: Kathryn
I’m always amazed at how much I enjoy these Fancy Nancy books. (I was never a tomboy type but I also was never a girly girl, especially not the way Nancy is.) And I’m also always surprised that every time I read another Fancy Nancy book, the latest one feels as though it’s my favorite.

This story is great. As usual, it’s a great friendship story. It’s also about jealousy and enjoyment for enjoyment’s sake, and ballet, and even a wise mom, and so much more. Reading this aloud/together is likely to...more
Fancy Nancy AND ballet!? I am sooo happy!!! ;-> I always thought she should dance, and ballet is so perfect for her with all the lovely movements and the fancy French words. This is a darling story, in which Nancy and her best friend Bree are sooo excited to learn that they will be doing a sea theme for their ballet recital. They both dream of being mermaids, because they already love to play mermaids and have a mermaid lagoon, a mermaid grotto, and made their own mermaid costumes ;-) But, th...more
Look what came in the mail today! I could hardly contain my excitement. My daughter could hardly contain her excitement. She loves adding to her Fancy Nancy collection. I think she relates a little too much to Nancy. I’m the Plain Jane mom and she loves all things pink, purple, and sparkly. I have no idea where she gets it from; I was a tomboy growing up.

Anyhoo, back to the review…

One of the things we she loves the most about the Fancy Nancy series is Nancy’s close relationship with her best f...more
We're big fans of the Fancy Nancy books at our house. I don't typically rate/review the books, or really, picture books in general, but this one deserves a review.

Nancy and Bree are excited to be taking part in a dance show, an undersea themed ballet where they are both hoping to be mermaids. Alas, the parts are cast and Nancy will be a tree and Bree will be an oyster. Both disappointed, they decide to be the best tree and oyster they can be. Later, a girl who has been cast as a mermaid sprains...more
Sally Linford
I know, every time a new Fancy Nancy comes out, I say, "This! is my favorite!" But, I can't help myself.

This one is also delightful. All the Fancy Nancys have a moment of deep human angst in the world of a fancy little girl. I spend a lot of time in this world, and Jane O'Connor has captured it perfectly. Nancy and Bree are positive that they will get the mermaid leads in their ballet. They are distraught when Bree is an oyster and Nancy is a tree (BROWN!). When one of the mermaids hurts her fo...more
Oh Fancy Nancy you just get better and better! In this book, Nancy and Bree are super excited that their dance class will be performing a mermaid ballet. Both girls love to dress up as mermaids in their pretend play so they are sure they will be cast as 2 of the leads. O'Connor writes a perfect tale of disappointment, jealousy, and optimism as Nancy and Bree deals with the realities of performing. The pictures are so incredibly beautiful and what I most appreciate about this book is that it will...more
Another solid installment in the Fancy Nancy series. O'Connor has written a charming (if not entirely new and original) story, but as I always find, Robin Glasser's art is the standout. I love her details, so important in a project like Nancy. And I noticed, perhaps for the first time because she spent so much time in a leotard, that Nancy has a bit of a tummy! So do some of the other girls. Good for Ms. Glasser for not making every character stick thin and being more realistic about shapes and...more
Ange (MarmaladeLibby of Libby Blog) Schmelzer
When Madame Lucille announces that they will be performing a ballet called Deep-sea Dances, Fancy Nancy and Bree can't wait to be the lead mermaids! Unfortunately, they are assigned to be a tree and an oyster. After a lovely tea party where they talk about how wonderful each will be in their parts, Fancy Nancy is disappointed once again when the star mermaid gets injured and Bree is selected to take her place instead of her. As Nancy struggles with jealously and trying to overcome it, we are tre...more
Klaudia Janek
Recommended [return][return]This is the newest book in the Fancy Nancy series. Nancy and her best friend, Bree will be performing a ballet with their ballet class called Deep-Sea Dances. Nancy is hoping for a bigger part because she loves mermaids. Nancy and Bree have made mermaid costumes, they play mermaid in their pool and they love the mermaid ballet dance. Both girls practice very hard. Bree gets chosen to be an oyster and Nancy is a tree. When one of the mermaid dancers injures herself, Br...more
When I first saw Fancy Nancy in the library, I passed it by because it looked like it was just a book based on glitter and sparkly tiaras. But our library branch is small, options were limited, and I ended up borrowing an FN title on my next library run. Since then, I've continued to borrow FN books. I tell myself (and my suspicious husband) that they are, of course, for Emma, but as she is only 10 months old ...

But the illustrations are wonderful in their details. And the positive messages in e...more
Fancy Nancy and her best friend Bree love to be mermaids! They put on their fanciest, sparkliest fins, and swim all day long in the lagoon (also known as Bree's backyard pool). So, when it comes time for Nancy and Bree's auditions for their ballet class' new mermaid-themed ballet, Nancy and Bree are ecstatic! Yet, Nancy is super disappointed to learn that she was cast as a boring tree, and Bree was cast as a lousy clam. How will Nancy and Bree ever command the spotlight with such boring roles? R...more
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Fancy Nancy and Bree are going to be in a ballet. They are so excited. They both want to be pick for lead roles as mermaids. They both practice as much as they can. During there next class the teacher tells Nancy she will be a tree and Bree will be and oyster. They are both sad but deside to make the best of it. They are both going to be the best they can be. A week later there teacher tells them she will need a new mermaid and Bree is picked. Nancy has a very hard time with this b...more
Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet is a story about Nancy and her best friend Bree. The girls are excited about an upcoming ballet performance in which they both hope to be mermaids. Both Nancy and Bree love mermaids and spend their free time playing mermaids in their lagoon (kiddie pool) and Mermaid Mansion (clubhouse).

I've never read a Fancy Nancy book before, and I loved this one! What I enjoyed most about the book was the language. The author uses what Fletcher describes as unforgettable la...more
Jun 17, 2012 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2012, childrens, dance
We've read a ton of Fancy Nancy stories and our girls really like them. They are fun and girly and introduce new vocabulary words in an interesting, if repetitive, way.

This book shows Nancy and her friend Bree at dance class. Both girls really love to play mermaids and they are very excited for their mermaid-themed dance recital. The roles they end up playing result in some jealousy and drama, but I love how the girls encourage each other throughout. Our oldest loves Bree's mermaid dress. She w...more
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 a...more
Mrs. Gabrielle Zastrow's
By: McKayla and Mrs. Zastrow

This story was about mom, dad, Nancy, Bree, and Madame Lucille. The story took place at Nancy's home and at a ballet studio. The problem in the story was that Nancy thought she was the very best dancer and that she and her best friend Bree would both be picked to be mermaids in the ballet, but neither did! Nancy was stuck being a tree, and she wasn't happy at all. But then one of the mermaids sprained her ankle and Bree got to take her part. That made Nancy mad and je...more
I love the Fancy Nancy books. They are so full of color. This one also comes with a message about supporting our friends even when we don't feel like it. The good part is Nancy doesn't have to be encouraged to support her best friend, but she does admit to mom that she felt bad lying about her feelings to her friend. Nancy no one needs to know how you really feel just hope that your friend would be as gracious about it.
Aug 27, 2012 Hilary added it
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"Thrilling means terrific and exciting all mixed together."

I would love to attend a performance of "Deep Sea Dances!"

"Don't you love how so many ballet words are in French?"

This story struck a chord with me (it resonates). I can identify with Nancy. I was cast as a tree (including a weeping willow) for every performance I was in once I began dance classes as a child...

My best friend was a gifted dancer. Like Nancy, I watched her perform lead role after lead role. I was jealous, but (again) like...more
Lauren Fidler
we survived elmo.

emerged unscathed from the whining fires of caillou.

we even triumphed over the siren-song of each disney princess in turn.

and, now, as we suffer through the last dying embers of the barney juggernaut, a new hero has risen.

we have entered the fancy nancy phase of life.

nancy's foray into mermaid ballet dancing manages to combine everything my three-year-old finds essential in life: mermaids, dance, tutus, and the powerful bonds of true friendship.

oh, and a picture of nancy in a ki...more
Bridget Gambaiani
My four year old enjoys the Fancy Nancy books and this one is no exception. My daughter loves mermaids, ballet, too much pink, and everything girly. This book has it all. I like how the series weaves in vocabulary lessons into the stories. This story also has a lovely message about friendship and working through jealousy.

Media: Hard Cover via the library
Unlike some of the Fancy Nancy books, this one is amazingly believable. Nancy is in ballet class, and is looking forward to the class ballet performance, in which they are performing a story about mermaids. Nancy and her best friend love the idea of dancing as mermaids...but unfortunately, they get cast as a weeping willow and an oyster, respectively. Nancy is downcast at first, and then disappointed again when circumstances cause her friend to be promoted into a mermaid role leaving Nancy behin...more
I liked the fact that Nancy didn't get to be the star of the ballet and instead had to learn to be happy for others and enjoy the part that she did get. It's nice for kids to see that things can work out even when they don't get exactly what they want.
Lake Agassiz Regional Library
Oh la la! Fancy Nancy is going to be in a ballet, but she doesn't get the part she has her heart set on. Your kids will learn about jealousy, being a good sport, as well as some good vocabulary in this tres magnifique book.
Kasey Hughes
This book is very neat in the way that it teaches new vocabulary to young readers. In this particular book the author introduces words such as; thrilling lagoon, and even some french ballet words. This book also shows a good example of good dialect throughout the book. This book is about a child being left out and later her parents make her feel just as special. The pictures seem to be like water color. I love in the end of the book how Fancy Nancy is making the best about being a Weeping Willow...more
Mrs. Knott
Feb. 2012 Book Fair selection
In this book, Nancy learns the lesson how to be a nice when your best friend gets something you really want. I do like how the author always takes a hard lesson for kids and shows how it's ok to feel sad, but how to move on.... As with all Fancy Nancy books, we learn new and fancy vocabulary words and Nancy dresses up to the hilt. I enjoy looking at the illustrations as much as I do reading the story! These books aren't nearly as fun to make up your own images as to...more
Another consistent and sweet book from Jane O'Connor. Fancy Nancy is not always perfect but she is real with her emotions. She has her ups and downs like all children and big people do. Its how you finally end up handling the challenges that shows who you are. These books always are fun to share with small to not so small kiddos. My daughter went through a BIG TIME Fancy Nancy stage in 2nd grade. She saved her allowance for weeks to get a Miss. Nancy doll. Now she is in 5th grade and into Monste...more
Super cute and teaches a valuable lesson of not always getting what you want.
I haven't read many of the Fancy Nancy series, but the ones I have read tend to pleasantly surprise me with their depth. Yes, there's lots of glitter and fluff, but there's a realistic, lovable girl under all the fluff who has problems kids can identify with.

In this episode, it's dealing with disappointment at not getting a role Nancy wants in the ballet, handling jealousy when a close friend does get it, and learning to love the role she does get. All very useful problems for little kids to thi...more
Debbie Madrid
I like that she explores negative feelings like jealousy.
Cute story. One of the best in this series, so far.
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Since the publication of Fancy Nancy, Jane O'Connor's closet now boasts so many boas, tiaras, and sparkly ensembles that sometimes friends do not recognize her on the street. She still resides (that's a fancy word for lives) in New York City with her family and their canine companion, Arrow. --from the publisher's website
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“It's just hard now because... you're jealous. But your heart is so generous and warm, it will melt the bad feelings away." I am 100 percent positive that my mom is the wisest mother in the world.” 4 likes
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