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Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas (Fancy Nancy)

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What could be fancier than Christmas?

Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles—and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Ooh la la! This year, Nancy is especially excited about decorating the Christmas tree. She bought a brand-new sparkly tree topper with her own money and has bee

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 23rd 2011 by HarperCollins (first published November 3rd 2009)
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Dec 06, 2016 Mariah rated it really liked it
This was a cute story with amazing illustrations :)
Nov 30, 2009 Kathryn rated it really liked it
The Fancy Nancy books make me feel all cozy and sparkly so I was thrilled when I realized she is now starring in a Christmas book (the most cozy and sparkly holiday of the year, for me!) I'm not convinced it is an outstanding story, but it is cute and fun and full of the spirit of the holidays and the illustrations are winning. (This book, unlike many others in the series, is actually illustrated by Glasser so three cheers for her!)

Dec 04, 2009 Diane rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a-favorite-read
Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas

Fancy Nancy, what an adorable "fancy girl" she is, and wait until you read about her Christmas! Presents with elegant wrapping paper, fancy cookies, and wait until you see the tree topper Nancy purchased with her own money. But me things go awry, can Nancy still have a "splendiferous Christmas"?

MY THOUGHTS - This book is so very adorable. Targeted for the (4-8) age group, the book is beautifully illustrated by: Robin Preiss Glasser. There are some great new wor
Sally Linford
Dec 21, 2009 Sally Linford rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Christmas lovers, Fancy Nancy lovers, all little girls, dads of little girls
This is one of those rare children's books that I enjoy reading as much as my children. All the Fancy Nancys fall into this category. Here's what's so great about this one:
* Brief, tight prose--a lot happens in just a few words. Very refreshing. And I love her use of present tense--it's very immediate. You live the story as it happens, rather than hearing the report after the fact (past tense).
* Lovely portrayal of real family life (the parents love each other, grandparents swoop in to save the
Erica Hopper
Nov 20, 2009 Erica Hopper rated it it was amazing
What an excellent book for little girls. The bright pages and cute character of Nancy is captivating for children but each page also includes a lesson of learning a new 'advanced' word fro a young child with an example of what it means being included. I've always wondered what the fascination has been with Fancy Nancy and I'm glad I finally picked up one of the books (this one) and read it. I'll gladly send these books to my niece (who is three) so that she can also enjoy the bright pages and le ...more
Katherine Cowley
Aug 24, 2014 Katherine Cowley rated it it was amazing
I love this book because this introduced my daughter to Fancy Nancy. And she adores Fancy Nancy. If I try to get her to wear a normal dress for church she says, "No, I want my Fancy Nancy dress!" and then I put her in her fanciest dress.

The Christmas story in the book is delightful, and now I know what series to buy my daughter for her birthday.

This would be fun to use in a college rhetoric class to teach different levels of formality/informality and diction. Some day I want to teach a class tha
Another Fancy Nancy winner, with some good lessons and wonderful busy illustrations.
Dec 31, 2016 Merrill rated it really liked it
What an adorable book! How had I never heard of this children's series previously??
Jan 04, 2016 Kristen rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-books, christmas
We've enjoyed the Fancy Nancy books we've read so far. This one was enjoyable as well. I think there have been other stories I've enjoyed more in this series, but it was still cute nevertheless. I like that the book gives a big word and then explains it. It's a great way to build vocabulary. Also, it is a book that kids could read themselves and still learn new words - not that I'm pro "let your child figure it out". I definitely what my child to come to me to ask what a word means.

This was a cu
McCall Donnelly
Mar 01, 2015 McCall Donnelly rated it it was amazing
It is no secret that Fancy Nancy loves all things Christmas. She describes all the things that are necessary in order to have a Splendiferous Christmas. Everything has gone as planned for Nancy until her grandfather is late for decorating the tree. As she patiently waits she notices her dog is getting restless and decides to give it its present early. What Nancy doesn't know is that it will throw her Splendiferous Christmas for a loop.

This book uses full-page illustrations which makes it very e
Alex Sandiland
Oct 24, 2012 Alex Sandiland rated it really liked it
Nancy is super excited for Christmas, it is her favorite time of year! Nancy and her family indulge in the Christmas spirit by decorating their house, wrapping presents, making delicious Christmas cookies, and finding the perfect Christmas tree. Once everything is ready to go, Nancy and her family wait for their grandpa to come over. Nancy gets so anxious that she decides to put on the fancy tree topper that she bought with all of her birthday money. Still waiting for their grandpa to arrive, Na ...more
Oct 11, 2014 Becky rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas. This is actually the first Fancy Nancy book I've read, so it served as a good introduction to the series as well. I liked it very much. I love the illustrations. They were a bit busy, perhaps, but that is part of their charm, I think. I love the amount of detail. Every time I read it, I notice something I hadn't noticed before. There is something almost precious about this book--perhaps because of the illustrations, or even the text. But I d ...more
Douglas Cootey
Dec 21, 2016 Douglas Cootey rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Cute illustrations. Nancy is adorable as usual. This story isn't quite as endearing as some of the other entries in the series. However, I'm glad it's part of our collection. Some of my favorite illustrations where when a dejected Nancy slumped in the doorway when there was no grandpa waiting for her when she returned home. I also loved seeing Nancy bringing pot lids as symbols for Christmas caroling. What a cacophony that must've been! Glasser has a good feel for these characters and her style ...more
Jillian Warren
This book is part of the Fancy Nancy series. Wonderful illustrations; full page and very colorful! I love Fancy Nancy because she likes to use "fancy" words which introduces new vocabulary to the students. She also always gives a definition of the "fancy" word. It really is a very clever way to introduce children to higher level vocab words that they may not hear in every day conversation. Book discusses many popular Christmas season events and traditions; cookie making, wrapping presents,Christ ...more
Nov 19, 2011 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We have really enjoyed reading the Fancy Nancy series by Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser. The stories certainly appeal to our girls sense of whimsy, design and flair and the stories are entertaining and usually have a lesson or some sort of moral that is subtly incorporated into the tale. I also love that children are exposed to new and usually challenging vocabulary words with these books.

I like this simple story about Christmas - it's not overly complicated, but still reminds us of the
Camille Ryckman
May 20, 2014 Camille Ryckman rated it really liked it
Brief summary-Nancy finds a way to show how fancy finds Christmas is.
Annotation A charming story that shows the way a girl shows all the fancy words for Christmas. Nancy and her family go through the Christmas ritual but have a mishap that ultimately brings them even closer.
Age appropriateness - This is a good book for 4-6 year olds
Connection to six early literacy skills
Vocabulary - Although there are many skills represented I like this for a great vocabulary builder as Nancy always finds a fan
Mrs. Gabrielle Zastrow's
Dec 05, 2013 Mrs. Gabrielle Zastrow's rated it really liked it
The characters in this book were Nancy, her mom and dad, her sister and dog, and her grandpa. The story took place on Christmas Eve at Nancy's house. The problem was that grandpa was running late to the party and Nancy was sad he wasn't there yet. Then Nancy knocked over the Christmas tree and broke the tree topper! The problem was solved though because grandpa finally made it to the party, and he helped Nancy make an heirloom, a new tree topper out of things around the house. The theme of the s ...more
Dec 16, 2011 Kwilliamson rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This book is typical Fancy Nancy fare with a Christmas theme. Higher vocabulary with their meanings is spread throughout the book-a great way for children to learn new words. In this book, Fancy Nancy and her family do the typical Christmas traditions-decorating the outside of the house, finding a Christmas tree, baking cookies, etc. Disaster awaits as Fancy Nancy waits for her Grandpa arrive so they can decorate the tree. She is bored and begins to play tug of war with her dog and his new toy. ...more
Dec 01, 2014 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christmas
I love the Fancy Nancy books. The illustrations are very cute, imaginative, and colorful. This Christmas story is very fun and colorful. The author uses big words, and she gives the definitions. December 1 2014

I checked out the ebook version of th is book. I thought I was checking out a book with cute pictures, but it was an audio book version. I have loved looking at the wonderful pictures in these books, I did get to see the cover. The narration was wonderful, with the what sounded like a cute
Kelly Gimmler
Fancy Nancy is the cutest little girl. She is crazy smart for her gradeschool age in that she thinks deeper about everything in her path and always uses quite thew vocabulary. On that hand, though, she usually defines the words she uses in a simpler way (and calls all of her words the "fancy" way of saying whatever she may be trying to say. This specific book focuses on Christmas and gives a basic tale of Christmas traditions through caroling, decorating the tree, and seeing family. It is part o ...more
Nancy is cute, but (don't kill me people) I still haven't clicked with her. She's not annoying to me like Eloise, but she isn't endearing to me either. I'm still thinking that it's because I haven't find the one I love best of them. And I've only read 3. But the 1st is the best so far and the others seems to be a little predictable, repetitive, OK-get-on-with-it-already. Don't get me wrong--I still get smiles from the pictures and how her parents and sister humor her. And especially from thinkin ...more
Jan 26, 2011 Alison rated it it was amazing
LOVE FANCY NANCY! Appropriate for a 7 or 8 year olds, although they may need help with some of the larger words. Fancy Nancy books are great for introducing new vocabulary; she uses great big words that many 7 year olds love to use in conversation. This book also gives the definition of the new words used in the text. These books introduce a fun and engaging way to learn new words, can’t get any better than that! One downfall is it is very gender specific, no males are present in this story as t ...more
Mar 14, 2011 Emma rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
I haven't read all of the Fancy Nancy books yet (and there are a lot), but my favorite part of the series is Nancy's relationship with her little sister, who is straight adorable. One of my particular favorite examples of this is in this book, we see Nancy trotting around in a pretty spectacular pair of leg warmers the entire story long, which she then gives to her little sister at the end.

Read my full review and comparisons to other books at my blog: http://shorteasywordsreviews.blogspot...
Rosa Cline
Dec 24, 2016 Rosa Cline rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, christmas, 2016
This was a very sweet Fancy Nancy book for Christmas. Usually her books have tons of harder to read words that she has to use definitions for but within this one there is only a handful which is good as you don't have to stop the story to explain. Nancy had saved her birthday money and bought a beautiful tree topper but while waiting for Grandpa an accident happens and it breaks. Nancy is very sad but Grandpa comes to the rescue teaching her and the readers/listeners special things for the holid ...more
Anna J.
Oct 04, 2013 Anna J. rated it liked it
Shelves: eng-261, series-books
Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas by Jane O'Connor is another delightful book in the Fancy Nancy series. This picture book describes the various activities that some people do in preparation for Christmas such as picking out a Christmas tree and decorating it. From Fancy Nancy's perspective, this book series is unique in that Fancy Nancy uses bigger words and defines them for her readers in a simple yet fun way. This story will delight readers with its pictures that are colorful and very deta ...more
Nov 13, 2009 Sheri rated it it was amazing
I will never get tired of the Fancy Nancy books. I think my daughter may be getting a little too old for them, but I suspect she brings them to me to read every now and then because she knows how much I love it! These truly are the funnest books to read out loud. This one is a really cute Christmas story about making the best of a situation gone wrong. As always, fabulous illustrations. Every page is a treat to read and to look at. I highly recommend this and any Fancy Nancy book to anyone who h ...more
Becky B
Fancy Nancy is thrilled about all the fancy things the Christmas season brings out, like decorations and Christmas traditions. And of course, special time with family.

This Fancy Nancy lives up to its name. It's a splendiferous celebration of special Christmas-time events, focusing most on time with family. I love the vocabulary words that Fancy Nancy introduces readers too, and the illustrations are delightful. Bring this one out at Christmas time and talk about family heirlooms kids have at hom
Jul 02, 2012 jacky rated it liked it
Our library had a Fancy Nancy Tea Party, so we read as many of these books as we could before the party. Natalie came to like Fancy Nancy's character. The actual concept of fancy might be a little beyond her still, but she asked for the books again and again. This one is about Christmas time and I liked it a lot. Its fun watching Nancy decorate and have trouble waiting. She also learns a lesson about home made heirlooms verses something fancy bought at the store, which is appropriate for a Chris ...more
Oct 10, 2012 babyhippoface rated it really liked it
Everyone's favorite fancy girl is back and celebrating Christmas in a big way with her family. From picking out a tree to caroling to wrapping gifts, Fancy Nancy does all she can to celebrate as she waits for her grandpa to arrive for the holidays. As in each book in the series, readers are introduced to new "fancy" vocabulary words like devastated, delectable, heirlooms, and more. Glasser's illustrations are detailed and brightly colored in the series' style. Fans of the series will eagerly gra ...more
Jun 09, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing
I stumbled on this in Costco one year and it was love at first sight. This is how I infuse some girlyness into our LEGO-themed Christmases. My boys initially complained, but now both ask for it. I think they mostly like that (spoiler alert) Nancy knocks over the tree-topper. But they also get a kick over the detailed illustrations. Even though nothing much ever happens, it flows and entertains well. Never fails to make me want a plaid tutu, stripy socks, and bright read ballet flats. Is it bad t ...more
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