Retrograde Motion! Fancy Nancy: It's Backwards Day by Jane O'Connor
"Goodbye!" we say to Ms. Glass.
TODAY IS BACKWARDS DAY!
All the kids are wearing their clothes backwards. Robert is wearing a white shirt, suit jacket, and tie hanging down his back. Bree and Nancy have socks on the their hands and so does their teacher, who also wears a tutu on her head. They begin class by reciting the alphabet--backwards, beginning with Z!
"Goodbye!" she says.
Then we all sat down. Nobody faces Ms. Glass.
"This is easy!" says Lionel. He means it's hard!
Their teacher reads them a story, beginning on the last page. Then Ms. Glass has the class make themselves nametags for the day.
They giggle at each other's backwards names.
lioneL, treboR, eerB, ycnaN
It's a topsy-turvy day, running races backward and having a retro-style fashion show, and when the day is over and everyone is in line to go home .sM ssalG bids her class a reverse farewell.
"See you yesterday!"
Who wouldn't want to spend a backwards day in Fancy Nancy Clancy's class? And beginning readers can do just that with Jane O'Connor's newest I-Can-Read book,Fancy Nancy: It's Backward Day! (I Can Read Level 1) (Harper, 2016). With ebullient illustrations in the style of Robin Glasser, artist Ted Enik keeps the retrograde motion going in retro-style, and author O'Connor adds a glossary of vocabulary-enhancing "Nancy's Fancy Words" from the text: delectable, ensemble, extremely, nonsensical, and, of course, topsy turvy.