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Fanny's Dream

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  2,634 Ratings  ·  254 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
Paperback, 32 pages
Published June 23rd 2003 by Puffin Books (first published 1996)
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Apr 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.)
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have erased my paragraphs of heartfelt thoughts and will simply say this book is worth your time!
Emily Kriwox
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Title: Fanny’s Dream
Author: Caralyn Buehner
Illustrator: Mark Buehner
Publisher: Puffin Books
Date: 1996

Grade Level: 2
Lexile: 790L
Pages: 32
Guided Reading Level: N
Genre: Twist on traditional fairy tale

Summary: This is a hilarious twist on the traditional story of Cinderella. Fanny wanted to meet her fairy godmother and marry a prince. When she thought it was going to happen she waited and waited. Instead of her fairy godmother showing up, one of her friends did instead and they ended up talking toge
Mar 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
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 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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!
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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!
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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!
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
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.
Jun 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Great book, great message.
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For every girl.
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very sweet book with such as good message. I love it.
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite retelling of the Cinderella story. True to life, I think every girl and woman should read it.
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: slmta
Sometimes our dreams change for the better.
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it
I read this book as part of an assigned reading list. It isn't a book I would probably pick up otherwise. The cover isn't really one to grasp your attention. However, it actually did have a good story line. Fanny, who certainly isn't your typical "princess" wants to fall in love with a prince and get married, but she ends up settling for "the boy next door." It does have a good message about how sometimes what we think we want in life doesn't end up being what we really need. Sometimes things wo ...more
Eva Leger
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
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 21, 2016 rated it did not like it
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
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Katie Rogler
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
May 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 01, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Sep 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This may be a children's book, but it had themes of marriage and life dreams and, if you will, even destiny... where you're meant to be. I loved it because it is such a quaint and sweet story. It follows a farm-girl named Fanny who dreams of marrying a prince. I think my favorite part about the book was the theme that runs through and is completely realized in the end.
This was a simple, but fun little book and I loved the message of it. It showed how what you think you want for your life may not
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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