J-Lynn's Reviews > Fancy Nancy: Poet Extraordinaire!

Fancy Nancy by Jane O'Connor
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This is my favorite Fancy Nancy book to date. It is not only a discussion of Nancy learning to write poetry, but is also a collection of her own poems and other famous poems that she has enjoyed. The book addresses different forms of poetry, what is needed to create strong poetry, and even what to do if you get writer's block. The end of the book shows an anthology of poetry that Nancy is collecting and encourages readers to start their own anthology.

As always, the book introduces good vocabulary and then defines the words in parenthesis, all in the narrator's voice. These "fancy" words and how much Nancy enjoys them models a strong love of learning.

This book is not written in typical left-to-right text. It is a mixture of labeled pictures, lists, example poems, and discussions all along side the ongoing narrative story. As a result, I would not suggest this book as an independent read unless the student is a late transitional reader or an intermediate reader. However, it could be used as an interesting one-on-one read aloud for younger readers.
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