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Fanny's Dream: Library Edition

4.29  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,468 Ratings  ·  242 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 1st 1996 by Dial (first published 1996)
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Apr 03, 2008 Echo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.)
Mar 30, 2009 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 18, 2014 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 19, 2009 Tara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
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
Feb 04, 2016 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love this. I love the idea that a prince isn't always what you think he should be and that life is what you choose. So sweet!
Katie Rogler
I really enjoyed reading Fanny's Dream. It made me feel very warm inside and I will absolutely keep this book in my classroom. The book has excellent illustrations and a very good theme. Fanny had a huge dream to marry a prince at the ball. When purposed to by her neighbor, Fanny decided to give up her extravagant dream and start on a new path in life. She lives a happy life and has two children. Although it was hard for Fanny to give up her dream of marrying a prince, when approached by a fairy ...more
Sep 23, 2014 Kristine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
I personally loved this book, not just for the cute illustrations, but for what the book teaches. Yes, being a princess at a ball sounds all nice and good for a night, but would you really want to deal with that for the next 50 years? I'd loathe to talk about which spoon to use, how to properly take care of a royal guest, or all those other annoying responsibilities. Let's not even get into the corsets and the whole not breathing thing.But Fanny, she sees that, once Heber points it out to her. S ...more
May 26, 2016 Pam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-picture
Despite this book's interesting and surprising ending, I was completely dismayed by this book and wonder how it could have gotten so many 4 star ratings! Fanny had dreams and she settled for less than she wanted. Why is that a good lesson for girls? I understand that you need to have realistic dreams and that you often find unexpected things to be rewarding, but that does not mean girls should have to totally give up their dreams. I also understand that Heber, who she ultimately marries, is a gr ...more
Dec 16, 2008 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Apr 07, 2009 Laurel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 03, 2010 Tiffany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, children-s
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 had a dream. She wanted to go to the manor and dance at the ball. She told all of her friends that she was going to do just that, but they scoffed at her. She sat in the garden and waited for her fairy godmother to show up, but the only one who cam was Heber. They married and worked hard on the farm. Then one evening, her fairy godmother appeared and offered to whisk her away to the ball, but Fanny said no. Use this book to talk with the kids about the value of hard work. Use it to explain ...more
May 16, 2013 Dy-an rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sarcastic review - A great book to remind little girls that their best bet is to settle for a husband so at least they get one.
Mar 17, 2014 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 29, 2009 Chad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book, great message.
Jun 23, 2015 Larissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Buehner, Caralyn, and Mark Buehner. Fanny's Dream. New York: Dial for Young Readers, 1996. Print. Ages 8-12. Fanny's Dream is a classic children's book involving only two characters that end up having two children later on in the story. It starts out with Fanny having a dream of marrying a prince at the ball thanks to the Fairy God mother, but she never shows up, and while in this time she meets a farmer who she ends up falling in love with, they have two children together and the Fairy God Moth ...more
Eva Leger
Aug 17, 2010 Eva Leger rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 30, 2012 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
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
Krista Toomey
Jan 14, 2015 Krista Toomey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Caralyn Buehner is a genius. Some of us girls don't need a prince or are married. I love how Fanny gave up her childhood dream because she had something way better and that was family. This is the kind of fairy tales little girls should read. I like how we can find our own happily ever after without a crown and dress. I hope every girl gets the chance to read this book because the message behind this book is inspiring.
Sep 23, 2014 Bailey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this story. This book is about Fanny who is waiting for her fairy godmother to come and grant her wish, but when her fairy godmother doesn't come, she decides to head down a different path. This book teaches that while things don't always turn out like we want, sometimes they turn out even better. It also teaches about hard work and determination. The illustrations are very beautifully done.
Jan 21, 2015 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I opened this story to a big surprise. It really wasn't what I was expecting. It starts out like a rewritten Cinderella story and turns into something else. I would really recommend reading this story. Though I do need to let you know that it is a bit anti-fairy tale. If I say anything more it will give it away.
Jan 02, 2014 Kay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ashlee Moser
I really enjoyed this book for not only it's unique twist on the well-known story of Cinderella but for it's great message. A lot of times people's views are based on fairy tales they read in the book. What they fail to remember is that they don't always turn out like the book.Great book for kids and adults!
Dec 21, 2011 Sabrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ciara Bean
Jan 14, 2015 Ciara Bean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-lit
I love this book! I don't think it's great for just children but every one, especially in those times where we find ourselves wondering what could have happened if... This story teaches a great lesson in not only being grateful for what you have but making what you have everything you need!
Jan 28, 2014 Julianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: january
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!
Personal Reaction: I liked that this book was unpredictable and I was not sure how Fanny would react. It wasn't the most challenging boot to read, it was more for fun.

This book could be presented for personal reading to students for fun or when doing a unit on fairytales. It starts as the traditional tale of Cinderella but Fanny makes a different decision. It is also a nice way to introduce ways that people change their mind and that outcomes aren't always what we think they will be.
Sep 07, 2007 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Christine Smith
Sep 25, 2014 Christine Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
I like how the ending when the fairy godmother finally comes and Fanny has the chance to achieve her dream, but she realizes that her dreams have already come true. She has a family that loves her and a husband who treats her as if she were a princess.
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