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4.23  ·  Rating details ·  1,203 ratings  ·  147 reviews
Fancy Nancy is ready for the spotlight! Fancy Nancy and her best friend, Bree, couldn't be more excited about their upcoming dance show. After all, it's all about mermaids, and who knows how to be a fancy, glamorous mermaid better than Fancy Nancy herself?

But when another ballerina wins the coveted role of the mermaid, Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Can Nancy
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by HarperCollins (first published October 1st 2011)
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Lisa Vegan
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all Fancy Nancy fans, readers interested in ballet, mermaids, words, fancy things
Recommended to Lisa by: Kathryn
I’m always amazed at how much I enjoy these Fancy Nancy books. (I was never a tomboy type but I also was never a girly girl, especially not the way Nancy is.) And I’m also always surprised that every time I read another Fancy Nancy book, the latest one feels as though it’s my favorite.

This story is great. As usual, it’s a great friendship story. It’s also about jealousy and enjoyment for enjoyment’s sake, and ballet, and even a wise mom, and so much more. Reading this aloud/together is likely to
La Coccinelle
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Yesterday I read one of my least favourite Fancy Nancy books so far. But today I read one on the other end of the spectrum! Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet is so cute and entertaining, with a lovely message. I can't help but think that my six-year-old ballet-loving self would have adored this book!

Nancy and Bree are excited to hear that their dance show has an undersea theme. They love to play mermaids, and they both hope to be cast in those roles. Unfortunately, they end up being cast as a t
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kathryn by: Ann
Fancy Nancy AND ballet!? I am sooo happy!!! ;-> I always thought she should dance, and ballet is so perfect for her with all the lovely movements and the fancy French words. This is a darling story, in which Nancy and her best friend Bree are sooo excited to learn that they will be doing a sea theme for their ballet recital. They both dream of being mermaids, because they already love to play mermaids and have a mermaid lagoon, a mermaid grotto, and made their own mermaid costumes ;-) But, th ...more
Feb 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
We're big fans of the Fancy Nancy books at our house. I don't typically rate/review the books, or really, picture books in general, but this one deserves a review.

Nancy and Bree are excited to be taking part in a dance show, an undersea themed ballet where they are both hoping to be mermaids. Alas, the parts are cast and Nancy will be a tree and Bree will be an oyster. Both disappointed, they decide to be the best tree and oyster they can be. Later, a girl who has been cast as a mermaid sprains
Sally Linford
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I know, every time a new Fancy Nancy comes out, I say, "This! is my favorite!" But, I can't help myself.

This one is also delightful. All the Fancy Nancys have a moment of deep human angst in the world of a fancy little girl. I spend a lot of time in this world, and Jane O'Connor has captured it perfectly. Nancy and Bree are positive that they will get the mermaid leads in their ballet. They are distraught when Bree is an oyster and Nancy is a tree (BROWN!). When one of the mermaids hurts her fo
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you like to dance and do ballet and you like mermaids then you would like this book.
Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Fancy Nancy / Readers Looking for Stories About Feisty Young Girls
Fancy Nancy returns in this sixth picture-book devoted to her adventures, excited about the "Deep Sea Dances" recital her ballet class is putting on. Sure that she and her best friend Bree will win the part of mermaids, Nancy is distraught when instead she is given the role of a tree, and Bree that of an oyster. Things only get worse however, when Bree wins a mermaid role after all. Can Nancy work through her jealousy, and be happy for Bree? Will she discover that being a tree is a good part aft ...more
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Oh Fancy Nancy you just get better and better! In this book, Nancy and Bree are super excited that their dance class will be performing a mermaid ballet. Both girls love to dress up as mermaids in their pretend play so they are sure they will be cast as 2 of the leads. O'Connor writes a perfect tale of disappointment, jealousy, and optimism as Nancy and Bree deals with the realities of performing. The pictures are so incredibly beautiful and what I most appreciate about this book is that it will ...more
Feb 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another solid installment in the Fancy Nancy series. O'Connor has written a charming (if not entirely new and original) story, but as I always find, Robin Glasser's art is the standout. I love her details, so important in a project like Nancy. And I noticed, perhaps for the first time because she spent so much time in a leotard, that Nancy has a bit of a tummy! So do some of the other girls. Good for Ms. Glasser for not making every character stick thin and being more realistic about shapes and ...more
Danielle Mootz
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
Super cute. The story addressed competition and jealousy which are both good topics to address with my 5-year old right now.
Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Fancy Nancy and her use of fancy words, and fancy things return along with her best friend Bree. It's dance recital time, and both friends are excited to be mermaids in the Mermaid Ballet. Although not picked to be mermaids, Nancy is a weeping willow tree, and Bree is an oyster. Will the ballet be a success, or will it be a disappointment?
Jun 04, 2018 rated it liked it
My grandchildren and I listened to this book in the car. I may check it out sometime and read it to them so we can enjoy the pictures; it IS a picture book. lol
In any case, I do think I may like it better as a package deal and will re-rate if my opinion changes after reading the actual book.
Samantha Grace
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books
The lesson in this one is about jealousy and I love the way it's written - so simple without being preachy. And of course we love the language in Fancy Nancy books, as well as the adorable illustrations.
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Miss 2 loves the Fancy Nancy books. I like the vocabulary building and Nancy is fabulous. Nice that she is able to support Bree and make the best of things even when she misses out on the part in the ballet that she wants.
Jen Van Fleet
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Review: Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet: As always, super fancy words, story, and pictures. This installment has an overcoming jealousy theme which is PERFECT for my five year old but not picked up by my two year old.
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
"This is the best! I like costumes and when Bree and Nancy pretend in their Mermaid Mansion, and because I love ballet." - V, almost 4

Nice story that deals themes with friendship, envy and being kind to your friends. And of course ballet.
Logan Wolford
"Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet" is a creative story for young readers mostly geared towards young girls, who especially have an interest in dance. The girls in the story are ballerinas who are playing the role as mermaids. The illustrations are a big part of the story.
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it
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Katherine Decker
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dancing, cute, funny
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Has a good message, but a bit long for very young children.
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I like this book because it is amazing and because it is wonderful and beautiful.
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to be like her!
Rebecca Light
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Great story that deals with jealousy within friendships with a soft hand. Plus, mermaids!
Some of the Fancy Nancy books have lessons in them, some are just fun. They are all beautifully illustrated.
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
BV Library Checkout - read to A. 2nd Checkout in one week’s time.
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fancy Nancy and Bree are preparing for the Deep-Sea Dance Ballet. They both desire the part of the mermaids and even come up with their own fancy mermaid costumes. Fancy Nancy practices dancing wherever she goes. When Nancy and Bree arrive at the ballet academy they are devastated when they find out that neither of them get the part. But when one of the dancers sprains her ankle, someone has to fill in and Bree gets the part! Nancy is very upset and jealous for her friend Bree, but will s
Ange (Libby Blog) Schmelzer
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When Madame Lucille announces that they will be performing a ballet called Deep-sea Dances, Fancy Nancy and Bree can't wait to be the lead mermaids! Unfortunately, they are assigned to be a tree and an oyster. After a lovely tea party where they talk about how wonderful each will be in their parts, Fancy Nancy is disappointed once again when the star mermaid gets injured and Bree is selected to take her place instead of her. As Nancy struggles with jealously and trying to overcome it, we are tre ...more
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fancy Nancy and her best friend Bree love to be mermaids! They put on their fanciest, sparkliest fins, and swim all day long in the lagoon (also known as Bree's backyard pool). So, when it comes time for Nancy and Bree's auditions for their ballet class' new mermaid-themed ballet, Nancy and Bree are ecstatic! Yet, Nancy is super disappointed to learn that she was cast as a boring tree, and Bree was cast as a lousy clam. How will Nancy and Bree ever command the spotlight with such boring roles? R ...more
Jun 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, 2012, dance
We've read a ton of Fancy Nancy stories and our girls really like them. They are fun and girly and introduce new vocabulary words in an interesting, if repetitive, way.

This book shows Nancy and her friend Bree at dance class. Both girls really love to play mermaids and they are very excited for their mermaid-themed dance recital. The roles they end up playing result in some jealousy and drama, but I love how the girls encourage each other throughout. Our oldest loves Bree's mermaid dress. She w
Klaudia Janek
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libres
Recommended [return][return]This is the newest book in the Fancy Nancy series. Nancy and her best friend, Bree will be performing a ballet with their ballet class called Deep-Sea Dances. Nancy is hoping for a bigger part because she loves mermaids. Nancy and Bree have made mermaid costumes, they play mermaid in their pool and they love the mermaid ballet dance. Both girls practice very hard. Bree gets chosen to be an oyster and Nancy is a tree. When one of the mermaid dancers injures herself, Br ...more
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