Oh my goodness! As a genealogist, I was so excited to find a book about Family History that might actually interest my 5 year old. I bought one for all the little girls in my family for Christmas too :) My 5 year old loved learning the "Fancy words" from Fancy Nancy - like Ancestors, Deceased, etc. I especially love that the book focused on how when a child knows stories from their family, it can help them make healthy decisions in their own life. Fancy Nancy struggles with being honest for a school report, and a story she learns about her great-grandfather helps her to be brave enough to be honest. Studies show that a child knowing their family history will actually help them be more resilient in difficult situations. I love that this is illustrated so beautifully in this short and fun little read! Highly recommend!!
My granddaughters haven't seen the book yet, so I don't know what their reaction will be. The book, however, is a steppingstone to a project I have begun for them. I want them to know their family history. Their mother still has multiple relatives who can tell them stories, if someone knows to ask. Their father -- my son -- has only me. I have some written material, but much of the family history is in my memory only. I wanted a guideline to start writing. I would recommend this story to young readers who are *curious.* It is a good start to asking questions.
I love this book because it helps children relate the title to their own lives and what they already write and talk about in school; family trees, learning about their heritage, engaging with their parents and other family members.
My daughers (11, 8 and 6) enjoy this cute book! The sentences are more simple, but the words are big and challenging at times. Go with the "My First" I Can Read! books for emerging readers...the level 1 is for kids who can already read well.
My grandaughter loves the "Fancy Nancy" books. These books are very colorful and have a simple message. There are things on each page to allow the child to point out almost like a seek and find. Books at any age are great for kids but she is almost 5 and we have been captivating her attention with Nancy for 2 years. Very girlie however, so you may want this for your girl rather than a boy.