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Fanny's Dream

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In this inventive take on the traditional Cinderella tale, Fanny Agnes is a sturdy farm girl with a big dream. Someday, she believes, she will marry a prince. When the town mayor announces he is throwing a grand ball, Fanny is convinced her time has come. She puts on her best calico dress and goes out to the garden so that she'll be ready when her fairy godmother arrives....more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published June 23rd 2003 by Puffin (first published 1996)
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Forget kids, this picture book is for every married woman who has just once wondered what would have happened if... A great, practical story where they fairy godmother coming too late ends up being a blessing, not a curse. This will forever reside in a place of honor on my bookshelf, & thank you mom for giving it to me. (Notice it's illustrated by my kids favorite illustrator, Mark Beuhner.)
Ok, it's a kid's book. Still it is a great read.

Fanny a sturdy country girl just knows that her fairy godmother will come and she will marry a prince "or at least the mayor's son." So when the mayor throws a ball, Fanny waits in the garden for her fairy godmother. Instead of her godmother, along comes Heber. Heber proposes. "Even with all that moonlight it took Fanny an hour to give up her dreams. She shook Heber awake. 'I don't do windows.' 'Okay,' said Heber." Thus begins their life together....more
An adorable and profound take on the Cinderella support which teaches that real life is sometimes better an fairy tales. This book is a treasure and I look forward to buying it for my personal library.
This book takes a fairytale and adds a practical twist. It shows that true love can happen even if you don't marry a prince, even if you have to work hard, even if life doesn't turn out the way you expect it to. Although I love a great fairytale, I still think it's important to teach that relationships require hard work, compromise, disappointment, and frustration. But through these hard experiences, relationships develop and love grows. It's cute and it's fun and I love the message. In the clas...more
Dec 16, 2008 Melissa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone!
I absolutley loved this book! I just cried for half an hour with my two older children wanting to know what was wrong. This is the sweetest "children's" book I have ever read. Having waited a little longer than most girls to get married, I can attest to belated blessings. My husband is the most perfect husband I could have ever asked for and he treats me like a princess every single day. What a wonderful story with a beautiful message!
Everyone should read this book to their children. It is a different telling of the Cinderella story, but instead of being beautiful, Fanny is normal. It makes you step back and look at what happily ever after really means, and it is wonderful. I am so sad that it took me until my sophomore year of college to ever hear about it and read it. Get it now!
May 15, 2012 Jeannie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
I was spending time with one of our Institute of Religion missionaries tonight and she took out this book and read it to me (she used to be an elementary school teacher...) It is absolutely delightful! I would recommend this to everyone. It is a children's book, but the message is perfect for those who are looking for Prince Charming.
This book (a twist on Cinderella) is an all-time favorite. For every girl out there who lives in reality but still wants a bit of romance. It makes me cry every time I read it.
Thank heavens for every Heber out there that makes his sweetheart feel like a princess.
Fanny's Dream is a fairy tale book about Fanny waiting for her fairy godmother to grant her a wish to marry a prince. This book teachers good morales: it's okay to dream big and be thankful for the little things in life; these life lessons are always great to discuss in class. I recommend this book as a read aloud for primary aged students because of the amount of text per page. This book is filled with a multitude of rich verbs, such as hooted and sniffled. Vocabulary found in this text provide...more
Great book, great message.
Eva Leger
I'll always laugh when I see this cover or hear this title from now on. Julia picked it up (I had checked it out at the library without her seeing it - she picks some, I pick some) and she looked at it, turned it to one side and then the other, looked at it full-on for awhile longer, then asked me why the boy was turning into a princess. So I looked at it and I honestly couldn't answer that. Once we cracked it open we found that "Fanny" is supposed to be a female. A very homely (to put it nicely...more
If life isn't quite what you'd dreamed it would be when you were a child (especially if you are a stay-at-home mom), this book is for you! Fanny Agnes always dreamed she would marry a prince. But when Heber Jensen comes along the night of the ball while Fanny is waiting (and waiting) for her Fairy Godmother to appear, and asks Fanny to be his wife, she decides to give up on her fantasy and marry him. Many happy years (and 3 kids) later, Fanny's Fairy Godmother finally appears one night when Fann...more
I love this children's book. On the surface, it's another version of the classic Cinderella story- a story children can enjoy. But underneath, it is a "how to" manual for happy marriage. Nearly every page presents a tip for successful marriage, ie: humor, accepting each other for who we are, when tragedy comes- just start over, spend time together each day, treat each other like royalty, etc. I used this little story in a lesson I taught on marriage a few years ago, and we recently discussed it...more
The cover of the book is misleading, but that's the beauty of the story. Fanny is a girl that has a dream: to marry a prince and never do any work again. Fanny stays strong and keeps her dream until she gets a marriage proposal from a local boy who owns land.

She thinks that she is giving up her dream, but at the end of the book Fanny and the reader realize that reality is so much better than a fairy tale. While her reality is more work than her 'dream,' Fanny has a husband that treats her like a...more
This is one of my favorite picture books of all time, because of the moral that it teaches. While many of the stories out there thrive on adventure and elegant dreams coming true, this story teaches that its okay to be ordinary and you don't have to marry a prince to have your happily ever after. The illustrations are also very nice and the story is just great!
Sep 07, 2007 Emily rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: children 3 and up and their parents
I love this twist on a fairy tale and how the author shows that sometimes what we think we want isn't really what we desire. Fanny so badly wants to go to the dance and have her fairy godmother save her from her dull life, just like in the stories. When Heber shows up and proposes marriage instead, she realizes all the things she can do and that her fairy godmother probably won't come and agrees to Heber's offer. Time goes on - she has three kids, lives on a farm, and works hard. One evening her...more
I picked this up at the library and then ordered it for my own library! A great way to teach true love amid all this "princess" craze. A great reminder to myself that the work of mother and wife is valuable above riches.
Loved this wonderful take on Cinderella. So refreshing to read a children's book that eschews all the fairytale dreams and finds beauty and happiness in the ordinary.
Ashlee Draper Galyean
Why marry a prince when you can live on a farm and be much, much happier? And hello, fairy godmother, were you encouraging an affair?? Outrageous.
Lisa Rathbun
I have mixed feelings about this book. Part of me likes the message of not sitting around waiting for a fairy godmother to make your dreams of luxury come true. Instead you should see the reality around you - the love and faithfulness of real people in your life - and make a good life based on hard work and mutual consideration. Another part of me feels bad that the main character is stocky and tough - almost as if the plain Jane girls shouldn't expect to be a princess so just settle for what yo...more
This was a poignant book which dispels one's fear of "settling" and replaces it with a clearer perspective of what's most important.
This may be a children's book, but it had themes of marriage and life dreams and, if you will, even destiny... where you're meant to be. I loved it because it is such a quaint and sweet story. It follows a farm-girl named Fanny who dreams of marrying a prince. I think my favorite part about the book was the theme that runs through and is completely realized in the end.
This was a simple, but fun little book and I loved the message of it. It showed how what you think you want for your life may not...more
I thought this was going to be some frontier fairy tale, but the beautiful reality of the story warmed my heart.
This book is great for all ages! Such a great message and a good read for anyone.
April Poulter
I really enjoyed this book! I like Caralyn Buehner's portrayal of what is really important and what love truly is. Fairytales are fun, but they are not reality. Buehner portrays that happiness and love are possible for anyone to achieve and can be found in ordinary circumstances.
Madi Welton
This is a classic Cinderella story with a farm girl twist!
It was an interesting idea but it seemed like the book is more funny to adults than to kids. Not much charm to it. My 6 year old daughter was not very impressed.
This is another children's picture book with a big message that I re-visited this week. Fanny is a farm girl with big dreams and she calls on a fairy godmother to make them happen. The fairy godmother doesn't come and life moves on. I won't spoil this by telling the ending, but suffice it to say, there are big life lessons to be taught in this beautiful and entertaining book. I read it to all my children- teenage girls and elementary aged boys. Each one loved it for different reasons, but I thin...more
Jun 26, 2008 Steff rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Every girl and woman
Recommended to Steff by: My mother in law
So in a world that gives forth all the Disney princesses and their happy endings with, what my three year old refers to as "prince sharmin", for our Daughters to dream about, this book poses a different reality. So maybe prince charming will come, but don't dismiss the possibilities of him coming in the form of a Heber. Not on a white horse but as a loving husband who will change diapers, work hard for his family and sometimes rub your feet! I love this book it makes me cry every time because I...more
Rachel Thomas
title: Fanny's Dream (picture)
Author: Caralyn Buehner
Illustrator of the book: Mark Buehner
Publisher: A Division of Penguin Books USA Inc.
Date of publication: 1996
Summary: I loved this book! It is a version of Cinderella. Fanny is a sturdy girl from Wyoming. She works out in the fields all day. She wants to go to the castle and marry the prince. She goes to find her fairy God mother and a man named Heber comes along and convinces her to marry him. Heber is adorable to her. This book is touching a...more
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