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Fancy Nancy: Bonjour, Butterfly (Fancy Nancy)

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  5,573 Ratings  ·  208 Reviews
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 dis ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 5th 2008 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2008)
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Lisa Vegan
May 03, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fancy Nancy fans; fans of butterflies; anyone interested in a grandparents-grandchild story
This is a particularly good Fancy Nancy story. Nancy is thrilled when her friend Bree is about to have a butterfly themed birthday party, and Nancy even has a blue butterfly costume picked out to wear. Then she finds out she can’t attend the party because she needs to attend her grandparents’ 50th anniversary party. Nancy sulks and mourns, then she finds out her grandparents’ party is fancy too, and there is a butterfly surprise on that trip as well.

This is a lovely story re grandparents & g
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Danielle Mootz
Jan 02, 2017 Danielle Mootz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-books
This book is pretty stinking cute with beautiful illustrations. I like that that it dealt with a truly devestating thing for a kid but she learned about the most important thing -being with her family.
Lily Elness
Awesome it made me love butterfly's.
Stef Rozitis
Ok on the good side it talks about validating feelings in a way that I think is pretty constructive (ie it doesn't try to minimize or repress how bad the child feels or censor her feelings). It also looks at the theme of not getting what you want which is a realistic theme in any child's life and cleverly points out that sometimes you get something better than you expected. That's where I begin to have mixed feelings.

Nancy is reconciled to missing her best friend's birthday because of externals-
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Douglas Cootey
Nov 28, 2016 Douglas Cootey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
If I was underwhelmed by the second book in this series, this third book more than made up for it. The story was sweet, and taught a good message without being preachy, but Glasser's art stole the show. Nancy was a drama queen extraordinaire (that's French for "Wow, can Glasser draw!") The gestures and facial expressions of the main characters are exaggerated and melodramatic in a delightful manner, especially Nancy. When she didn't get her way, she slumped over a swing, and stormed around black ...more
Sally Linford
Dec 16, 2010 Sally Linford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gentle Reader,
You won't believe this, but I have seven daughters--yes, seven--and we ALL adore Fancy Nancy.

The sparkley covers are enough to make any princess swoon, but the delightful writing (so few words on a page--thank you!) and spectacular illustrations make Fancy Nancy a DAILY ritual in our house.

In her latest adventure, Nancy is distraught when she finds out she'll have to miss her best friend's birthday party for her grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary. O'Connor presents a delight
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Crystal Marcos
May 03, 2011 Crystal Marcos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I honestly didn't think I would enjoy these books as much as I do. I was charmed by Fancy Nancy and enjoyed reading it with my daughter. She is 23 months and sat through this book and Fancy Nancy in a single reading session. I think I like this one even more then the first book of the series, because I think butterflies are beautiful. I learned a thing or two also. Such as what part of the body butterflies use to taste. Again, the author is very clever in teaching vocabulary.
Tc
Jun 27, 2014 Tc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humorous
Another beautiful book from Jane O'Connor! Fancy Nancy again entertains us with her care-free spirit, and impressive accessorizing skills! This book offers more wonderful vocabulary like "iridescent and exceptional". It is about handling disappointment, and making the best of an unexpected situation. This book would be perfect for making text to self connections that can be discussed in class.
Bridget
Jul 17, 2008 Bridget rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-books
very cute, but not quite as cute as the original fancy nancy or fancy nancy and the puppy...
Kathryn
Feb 06, 2009 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Fancy Nancy and butterflies
So cute! I like that the grandparents get a leading role and show Nancy a thing or two about being "fancy."
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
This book is fun to read. The pictures are beautiful and my son loves to learn some french words in it. I also liked that he can learn some new vocabularies when reading this book. We borrowed this book from the library.
Leslie
Sep 03, 2012 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I personally enjoyed Fancy Nancy: Bonjour, Butterfly because it had a lot of the girly-girl features to it. It's about two best friends who plan a birthday party together, but then Nancy doesn't get to go. Although she doesn't get to go she has a great time with her grandparents. I enjoy books that express that girls are still allowed to be girls and love butterflies and dress up; probably because this is the type of book I was raised on.
After reading an article on Children's literature and ho
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Paige Scott
Aug 23, 2016 Paige Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-summaries
Nancy loves butterflies, and when she finds out her friend Bree is having a butterfly themed birthday party, she is dying to go. She goes home and tells her mother about the birthday party, but she reminds her of her grandparent’s anniversary party. Nancy gets upset and is mad at her mother until she goes to the party and has a great time, and even gets to go to the zoo at the end with her grandparents to see the butterfly exhibit.

The grade level appropriateness for the book is Preschool-2nd gr
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Ashley Miller
Mini Lesson
Fancy Nancy Bonjour, Butterfly by Jane O’Connor
Summary: Fancy Nancy learns she is unable to go to her friend's birthday party and she is disappointed. But, instead she goes to her grandparents party and has lots of fun.
Focus: Vocabulary
Connection: Explain that today students will be working on vocabulary and using a thesaurus to help. (If you haven’t used a thesaurus before take time to explain)
Teach: Read Fancy Nancy aloud to the students and have them listen for Fancy Nancy’s “fancy
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Chelsea
I love Fancy Nancy books. She is so a young girl, but she has so much spunk and wittiness about her that bother adults and kids love to read about her small adventures. Nancy and her best friend Bri absolutely adore butterflies and they are almost positively sure that they understand French. Fancy Nancy and Bri start planning Bri’s birthday party with the theme to be—butterflies! They can’t wait for the party, but suddenly Nancy’s mother remembers that they have to go to Grandma and Grandpa’s an ...more
Lauren Ivey
I love how easily this book introduces AND explains new vocabulary to young readers! I also love the incorporation of a new language. French is used in this story because the main character enjoys speaking it. This is a different type of voice as well as multiple meaning is used as craft in this story. Bonjour is hello: I love how the author made sure to explain in the book what these words meant in English because she knew young readers might not know these new words or how to use them.
Nancy le
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Kelly
Jan 19, 2009 Kelly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, picture-book
I've never read a Fancy Nancy book before this, so maybe the earlier ones are better but I didn't think this was all that great. The text has some funny parts, with Nancy pointing out fancy words for things.[return][return]But the text feels disingenuous in parts, like when Nancy says to her mom at the end: "I'm sorry for the way I behaved. I am ecstatic to be here."[return][return]Nancy herself is a passive character and doesn't take any action to solve her problem, which is that she can't atte ...more
Leslie Medrano
Genre: Realistic fiction
Format: Children's picture book
Awards: None

Summary: Nancy really likes butterflies and that is why she is so excited for her friend Bree's Butterfly Birthday party. But, Nancy finds out she can't go because her grandparent's 50th anniversary party is the same day. Nancy becomes upset and very mad that she makes it a point to not enjoy herself at her grandparents' party. She ends up overcoming her disappointment when she realizes it is a fancy party and she gets to meet he
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Becky B
May 05, 2014 Becky B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Fancy Nancy is ecstatic about her friend's upcoming butterfly-themed birthday party. But then she finds out she can't go because her family is going out of town for her grandparents' 50th anniversary. Nancy is desperately disappointed and mopes around all week. But when they finally get to the anniversary party, Fancy Nancy has to admit it is a pretty special and fabulous occasion. And the next day she even gets to go to a butterfly garden.

I loved the celebration of a 50th wedding anniversary in
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Jodysegal
May 01, 2008 Jodysegal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: PS-grade 2
Five stars for the lovely, completely over the top, fanciful, curly, girly art! Fancy Nancy has a bit of the Eloise in her: she is VERY Dramatic, Passionate, Enthusiastic, and Imaginative, and she thoroughly enjoys throwing about big words, like “extraordinary” and “elegant,” or French words like “oui, oui, oui.” This modern Eloise, however, is more loving and less spoiled than her predecessor, and she will understandably charm many a little girl.

CIP:Nancy is furious when she cannot go to her f
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Caroline Siewert
This is yet another book in the Fancy Nancy series. This is a huge series that actually gives readers of many abilities the chance to follow Nancy through her adventures. The books range from simple “I Can Read!” books to short chapter books. Nancy is up to another adventure in this book. She is disappointed when she cannot go to her friend’s birthday party because she has to go to her grandparent’s anniversary party. Nancy has a bad attitude at the beginning of the book because she is upset tha ...more
April Poulter
Mar 12, 2014 April Poulter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: march
Fancy Nancy is pretty darn cute! She's quite the diva, and her strong personality kept me laughing throughout the whole book. Perhaps one of the reasons that I enjoyed it so much is that it reminded me of one of my nieces who is very similar. The artwork is colorful and descriptive! The way that the illustrator portrays Fancy Nancy on each page lets the reader know exactly how she's feeling or what she's thinking before they even read the text (scowl, sulk, sad, mad).
Besides being a fun read, it
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Somona
Apr 30, 2010 Somona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Author: Jane O’Connor
Illustrator: Robin Preiss Glasser
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Picture Book
Summary: Nancy is invited to Bree’s Butterfly themed birthday party and is super excited. However, her mother later tells her that she can’t go because it’s also her grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary. Nancy is furious and sulks around the house until she arrives at her grandparent’s place. She ends up having a great time and apologized for her behavior.
Response: I love how this book captures ch
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Kristen Thompson
This book is about Fancy Nancy who loves butterflies and speaks French. She is very excited about her friend's butterfly birthday party until her Mom tells her she can't go because it is her grandparent's 50th anniversary. Fancy Nancy describes how she feels throughout the book with "fancy" words and describes their meanings as well. This book also compares English words with French words. Children could predict what they think these "fancy" words mean in the story. This is a very cute story to ...more
Kathleen Dixon
This is my first Fancy Nancy book. I've seen a number of little girls coming into the bookshop and loving them, but I'd never looked beyond the cover on any. However, Zenobia (aged 5) brought this home from the library and so we read it together. It's quite cute. Nancy doesn't just like fancy clothes (all the frills and flounces) but uses fancy words as well, and I approve of that even if the frippery passes me by. Mind you, Zenobia thinks the frippery is fabulous.

Besides that, this is a nice li
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Whitney Pack
Fancy Nancy stories are aimed to entertaine little girls more than boys. Fancy Nancy Bonjour Butterfly brings in a little bit of a differ language which is good for children to learn that their are other languages out there. I like that this book has a lesson to learn that you may not always get what you want, but sometimes what you wanted so badly doesn't add up to the amount of joy you get from being around your family. This picture book has cute illustration that keep your eyes wondering. I w ...more
Megan M
Apr 28, 2012 Megan M rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite of the Fancy Nancy books. I did not find the story to be very exciting and while other Fancy Nancy books show Nancy to be an intelligent, pro-active, creative kid... nothing really happens in this book. Nancy is pissed because she can't go to her friend's butterfly themed birthday, as her grandparents' wedding anniversary party is the same day. She goes to that instead and has fun. Then they go to a butterfly garden at the zoo. The art was still beautiful and there were some cute ...more
Sarah Adamson
This is a good Fancy nancy story. I'm always hesitant of the over the top fancy dressing and fashion statements. This book had some fancy terms but leaves all the fashion statements to the pictures which are as always elegant! The story explores how Nancy is unable to attend her best friends birthday party as she has to go to her grandparents 50th wedding anniversary instead. However it all turns out well and she has fun anyway. Good about how some things make us sad but we can make the best out ...more
Stephanie
Mar 27, 2008 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: delightful little girls everywhere
Fancy Nancy is too cute! I love that these books don't talk down to children. They use 5 point words and then they explain what those words mean in a way children can understand. I've always just spoken to my wee beastie as I speak and told her to ask if she didn't understand any of the words I used. This book does the same exact thing. I am told that she has a very good vocabulary for her age so I'm going with I'm doing something right! :) Anyway, I was pleased that this book does exactly what ...more
Katherine Corson
May 01, 2013 Katherine Corson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lcrt
Fancy Nancy uses what our classroom calls sparkle words! This means that the writer Jane O'Connor uses words that are interesting instead of boring words. So our classroom read the Fancy Nancy Books to see how we could try to use sparkle words in our own writing. We made a Fancy Nancy Word wall with sparkle words that we would want to use in our writing. The outcome was amazing and my kids are trying on using sparkle words in their own writing.
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