Reviews for Fanny's Dream


Horn Book Guide Reviews 1996
Fanny Agnes is a farm girl who dreams of marrying a prince with the help of her fairy godmother. On the night of the mayor's ball, however, no fairy godmother appears but Heber Jensen does, short and plain, funny and nice. Not only is this variation on the Cinderella story warm and satisfying, but comic illustrations reward a close study, with items slyly hidden in clouds and in shadows. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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Horn Book Magazine Reviews 1996 #4
Illustrated by Mark Buehner. Fanny Agnes is a farm girl, as plain as she can be and sturdy, too, but she has her dreams. She intends to marry a prince, and she knows how it will go - her fairy godmother will set it all up. So, on the night of the mayor's grand ball, she dresses up and waits in the moonlight. No fairy godmother appears, but Heber Jensen does, short and plain, but funny and nice. Fanny marries him and settles down to a life of working the farm and raising a family. Heber is a good husband, so when the fairy godmother arrives one night years later, full of apologies for being late and offering her a second chance, Fanny hardly takes a minute to turn her down and return to the house, where Heber is reading "Cinderella" to the children. Not only is the story warm and satisfying, the comic illustrations reward close study, with items slyly hidden in clouds and shadows. Plain Fanny is a princess, all right, and the story is a winner. a.a.f. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Magazine Reviews

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School Library Journal Reviews 1996 April
K-Gr 3 A warmhearted story with striking illustrations to match. Fanny Agnes is a "sturdy girl" who foresees a prince or at least the mayor's son as the man of her dreams. She's even depending on her fairy godmother to provide one for her. But she marries Heber Jensen, a farmer, and they share a life filled with ups and downs, babies, laughter, and love. Finally, when the fairy godmother arrives (several years late), Fanny Agnes has discovered that she doesn't need her anymore she's found her prince. The characters' expressive, round, cartoonlike faces give form to their personalities. Buehner's farm scenes, so dramatically angled and brilliantly hued in Jerdine Nolen's Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm (Lothrop, 1994), are softer here, with a more muted palette. Especially effective are overhead sky views, such as the scene of the fairy godmother flying over the watermelon patch toward a content Fanny. Fanny's strength is not the epic kind found in a tall-tale heroine like Anne Isaacs's Swamp Angel (Dutton, 1994); hers is strength of character to recognize the dreams that make life worthwhile. Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY School Library Journal Reviews

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