Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Twin Trouble: Fancy Nancy, Pajama Day by Jane O'Connor

"Class, don't forget..." Ms. Glass says.

"...tomorrow is Pajama Day!" we shout in unison. (That's fancy for all together.)

Nancy and Bree race home to call each other about their wardrobe choice for the big day. Nancy decides to wear her new and elegant (that's fancy for fancy!) nightgown. Bree begs Nancy to wear her pajamas with the pink hearts and polka dots so the two of them can be twins together, but Nancy sticks to her elegant and unique gown, sure that her best best friend will understand how much she loves being fancy.

But when Nancy arrives at school, she finds that classmate Clara has worn pajamas with pink hearts and polka dots just like Bree's,

"Nancy, look!" says Bree. "Clara has on the same pajamas as mine." Brie and Clara giggle.

"We're twins!" says Clara. "And we didn't even plan it!"

All day the two play at being twins. At recess they scamper up the monkey bars together, and Nancy sadly realizes that there is no way she can climb up with them in her long gown. "And I can't hang upside down," she thinks. "Everyone would see my underpants!" Being elegant and unique begins to seem like a uniquely bad idea.

When school is out, Nancy invites Bree to come over to play, only to discover that she has already made a play date with her "twin," Clara. Nancy struggles to hold back tears. Has she lost her best friend for good?

Jane O'Connor's new Fancy Nancy: Pajama Day (I Can Read Book 1), in her popular beginning reader series, hits all the right notes in this story of friendship almost lost and happily re-found. It's another solid entry in a progressively important I-Can-Read set for early readers, ably illustrated by Ted Enik in Robin Preiss Glasser's signature style.

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  • The Fancy Nancy series is fabulous not only for beginning readers, but also for those who need a boost in their language skills. I use the vocabulary words in these books for the child I tutor because she remembers them so much better. Thanks for the excellent series.
    Nichole Lachance, Speech-Language Pathologist

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:18 PM  

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