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Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet (Fancy Nancy 2)

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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
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 really liked it
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
Apr 05, 2012 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kathryn by: Ann
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
Feb 24, 2012 Danelle rated it really liked it
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
Sally Linford
Feb 24, 2012 Sally Linford rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 10, 2012 Samantha rated it it was amazing
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
Danielle Mootz
Dec 06, 2015 Danielle Mootz rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
Super cute. The story addressed competition and jealousy which are both good topics to address with my 5-year old right now.
Feb 29, 2012 Shazzer rated it really liked it
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
May 31, 2016 Shelley rated it really liked it
Fancy Nancy and Bree are preparing for the Deep-Sea Dance Ballet. They both desire the part of the mermaids and even come up with their own fancy mermaid costumes. Fancy Nancy practices dancing wherever she goes. When Nancy and Bree arrive at the ballet academy they are devastated when they find out that neither of them get the part. But when one of the dancers sprains her ankle, someone has to fill in and Bree gets the part! Nancy is very upset and jealous for her friend Bree, but will s
Stephanie Baker
Aug 29, 2014 Stephanie Baker rated it it was amazing
I think this is a great book for young kids. It is more of a lesson teaching book. This book shows students that we should always be happy for our friends when things go right in their lives because we would always want them to be happy for us when things go right in our own lives. It shows us that we should never be jealous of our friends no matter the situation or circumstances. It also teaches students that we can't always have everything we want. There is give and take in life. We have to gi ...more
Why do I love Fancy Nancy so much?? If you know me in real life, you'll know that I am anything but fancy. Yet I can't get enough of these books. They are so much fun to read out loud and even though my 4-year-old wants nothing to do with fancy things herself, she still loves to listen to these stories. As always, the illustrations in this book are wonderful. I think this particular story is my very favorite of them all. I loved seeing the mom sit down with cute Nancy and explain that it's okay ...more
May 12, 2016 Rachel rated it really liked it
This was my first Fancy Nancy, and I now absolutely understand their enduring popularity with little girls. What was a lovely surprise was the use of big words accompanied by charming definitions. I really enjoyed using it as a read-aloud. I'd say 2/3 of the class was engaged in the story, so it's not a reliable success, but it filled a gap nicely.

Side note: I love how Fancy Nancy's mother normalized jealousy. Of course she was going to be jealous of Bree! And that was okay, as long as she came
Oct 22, 2015 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
I enjoy these books because I really like how nothing ever works out the way Nancy originally plans. She learns that even if things don't turn out the way you want them to, you make the best out of it; and sometimes, you can still have fun.

This book teaches Nancy, and it's readers, about jealousy. I really liked it because not only was Nancy jealous of her friend, but she also had to come to terms with her own part in the play. This has so far been the best Fancy Nancy book we've read.

The pictur
Gina Erb
Oct 18, 2015 Gina Erb rated it really liked it
Fancy Nancy and her best friend Bree are excited about there upcoming dance show. Especially since the show is about mermaids which is right in Nancy's wheel house. Fancy Nancy is hopeful that she gets to play the role of a mermaid. However, Fancy Nancy's teacher ends up giving the role to someone else. Although Nancy is let down by having to play the role of tree instead, she keeps her head high and looks on the bright side. This is a great book to read to young children the illustrations are v ...more
Ange (Libby Blog) Schmelzer
Jul 29, 2012 Ange (Libby Blog) Schmelzer rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 06, 2014 Klaudia Janek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libres
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
Aug 05, 2012 Melanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: emma-read
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
Oct 28, 2012 Jillian rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 22, 2012 Kristie rated it really liked it
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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
Jul 18, 2013 Ashley rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 17, 2012 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, dance, 2012
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
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
Fancy Nancy has become a high interest book for young girl readers. Within the silly ideas and thoughts that Fancy Nancy has, is an opportunity to learn from her high profile lifestyle. In this book, Fancy Nancy is in a play. She is hoping for the lead role but instead get the part for a weeping willow tree. She is devastated at first but after some guidance from her friends and family, she embraced her role and even takes it to the next level with her costume and dance routine. kinder-2nd
Mrs. Gabrielle Zastrow's
Dec 05, 2013 Mrs. Gabrielle Zastrow's rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 24, 2015 Margaretann rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, alana, children-s
I had passed over "Fancy Nancy" books several times because I thought they'd be trite and too fluffy... But Alana picked this one out at the library and we were both delighted with it. Some great vocabulary, an interesting storyline involving ballet and mermaids (a perfect combination for any 3-year-old girl) and an important moral having to do with feeling jealous about a friend. Will definitely seek out more Fancy Nancy!
Mar 16, 2014 Kellie rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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
Shelves: picture-books
"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
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
Sarah's Book Nook
Jul 15, 2015 Sarah's Book Nook rated it it was amazing
Another great Fancy Nancy adventure. She reminds me a lot of Junie B., in a good way. But less obnoxious? (Also meant in a good way, because I do love Junie B.) Anyway, it's a good lesson about being happy for your friends when they get something you want, acknowledging that it's okay to be upset, then being supportive. Great message for kiddos.
Bridget Gambaiani
Feb 03, 2014 Bridget Gambaiani rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
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
Feb 11, 2016 Bailey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: good-reads-books
I loved this book! It was so adorable and the pictures had so much color! It has a good lesson about not always getting what you want, but how things will be still alright. I also loves that it explains what some words mean so the kids can learn more vocabulary while reading. I would buy this book, without a doubt!
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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.” 7 likes
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