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"Fancy Nancy: Stellar Stargazer!" by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser
Qu’est-ce que c’est? A new Fancy Nancy book? With a *le gasp!* glow-in-the-dark cover? Oui, my dears, it seems the stars are in our favor!
In this glitter-embossed delight of a book, the fabulous little girl we love is preparing for a night of stargazing with her family, and she is preparing accordingly. She’s pitched tent (beribboned and full of plush pillows, of course) and is prepping her little sister, JoJo, for their evening by cluing her in on the essentials of astral science.
Between patrolling surface of the moon (lawn) in their space suits (colander helmet, snorkels, galoshes) and wishing on the star Sol (that’s fancy—and Latin—for the Sun), Nancy drops “Stellar Facts” for us to ponder about the night sky. This is a fun way for young readers to learn about astronomy, as Nancy illustrates the moon’s cycle and bounces on a trampoline to explain the lack of gravity on other planets. She even makes up her own constellation, and creates a story to explain its origin (it involves a princess, of course!).
With her Princess Leia hairdo and a curly head full of knowledge about the night sky, Fancy Nancy easily persuades us that she is, indeed, a “Stellar Stargazer.”