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Publisher: Harper, and Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,
Material: hard cover
Summary: Fancy Nancy loves her tutus. Her closet is full of them. Too full. When her mother tries to clean out the too-small tutus, Nancy has an idea for re-purposing each one. At school, Ms. Glass measures each student and shows them how they are all growing, She suggests a Swap and Shop so everyone can bring in their too-small fancy clothes to "buy" clothes with tickets they've earned. Nancy finds a new tutu, but Grace saw it first! Is there anything else fancy enough left to buy? This is an easy reader story featuring Fancy Nancy.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 and up
Young Reader Reaction: I enjoyed Too Many Tutus. It is very inspiring for young readers and they can relate to the story. There is a good lesson on managing money (i.e., learning how to manage tickets to purchase things that you want). I also liked how it illustrated ways to "donate" items and get new ones without a lot of cost. I would definitely recommend this book to young children learning to read. It is fun to read aloud or read independently.
Adult Reader Reaction: I will admit that I've been a Fancy Nancy fan for a long time. The stories are clever and I love the way the author weaves in words to broaden a child's vocabulary. Now, with this easy reader, the author kept the model (though not as many French words) but found words that new readers can decipher themselves. Tres magnifique!
Pros: Fancy Nancy fans will enjoy this clever, fast-paced story. Their moms will love the power of suggestion in getting their daughter's closet cleaned out.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. If you have multiple kids, you'll want this around when you need to encourage a little downsizing.
Educational Themes: This is a story designed to help new readers, which it does fabulously. You could also use this book as a way to talk about growing up and getting too big for things, and use that as a way to involve kids in weeding out toys, clothes, etc.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fiction - easy reader series, girls, school