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Fancy Nancy: Bonjour, Butterfly (Fancy Nancy)

4.17  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,318 Ratings  ·  197 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 di

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Published November 15th 2010 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 1st 2008)
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Lisa Vegan
May 07, 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
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-
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.
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
Crystal Marcos
May 04, 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.
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
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
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
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."
Jul 19, 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...
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
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
Lauren Jones
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
Sep 04, 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
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
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
May 26, 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
Oct 22, 2015 Kristen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

In this book, Nancy is disappointed that she cannot attend her friend's butterfly birthday party. Nancy has to make the best of her situation at her grandparents' 50th Anniversary party. It's a fun book.
Nov 19, 2014 Hillary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english-355
I loved this book! Nancy is always pretty colorful and dramatic, but I love the way her parents encourage her individuality, yet they still are the adults. This book is as always, filled with great new vocabulary, and will teach children that just because they don't get their way, sometimes the alternative can be even better than what they had planned!
Jennica Crockett
Mar 30, 2014 Jennica Crockett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: march
I think this is such a cute book! And even has a good story line. I enjoyed reading the story through the perspective of Nancy. This is a good book for little girls who are very girly. The pictures are fun and super detailed. They provide opportunities to talk about the pictures with kids. There is also French in the book!
Mar 12, 2014 Crystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: march
Fancy Nancy is fantastic! She is such a spunky little girl and that makes the books fun. I love that when you read Fancy Nancy it is educational as well as so fun! Reading a Fancy Nancy book is like having a vocabulary lesson from a little girl. Even better, it is a vocabulary lesson in English and French many times!
Abby Ueding
Sep 29, 2015 Abby Ueding rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy the fancy Nancy series. I personally think she is fabulous! This in particular one is about the time she goes out of town to celebrate her grandparents anniversary party and the visit she makes to the butterfly garden while she is there. This would be a good teaching tool when explaining synonyms.
Okay so this one was extremely cute and I absolutely loveeeddd how Nancy is learning to set her priorities straight even when she doesn't want to. The ending really was a cute addition and once again the artwork was as stunning as always.
Dec 15, 2015 Jennie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Diva adored this books, so I must give it 5 stars. All of the Fancy Nancy books are very cute and they're a great choice for Frozen obsessed little ones. We ended up reading this one twice which is rare for my precocious kiddo.
May 16, 2014 Alice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Fancy Nancy! This is a fun book and I think our Fancy Nancy Party next year (Heaven Help us we did one a week ago) is going to be about Bonjour Butterfly! But I have a year to freak out about!

I love this book! Fun!
May 09, 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
Liz Stoneking
Apr 21, 2014 Liz Stoneking rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could hug Jane O'Connor. My wiggly girls often struggle to hold still long enough to read books together, but Fancy Nancy ALWAYS keeps their attention. This one is a favorite of theirs.
Alexandria Hiam
Nancy is furious when she cannot go to her friend Bree's butterfly-themed birthday party, but her family's outing might just be extraordinary enough to make her feel better.
Nancy is furious when she cannot go to her friend Bree's butterfly-themed birthday party, but her family's outing might just be extraordinary enough to make her feel better.
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