Wednesday, April 11, 2012

"Fancy Nancy Tea for Two"

I know I'm not the only one here who enjoys collecting children's books about teatime. Word came that a new one was out, Fancy Nancy Tea for Two, based on the creation of Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser. I found my copy of this one at the grocery store for just $3.99. Another children's book about teatime, Tea for Ruby by Sarah Ferguson, was also illustrated by Glasser, and I very much enjoyed reading and looking at both of these books.

In Tea for Two, a little girl named Bree invites Nancy over to her house for tea. Bree has some very special teawares given to her by her aunt, and she is excited about using them at tea with Nancy. So Bree and her doll, Chiffon, are soon enjoying a lovely tea with Nancy and her doll, Marabelle. Nancy finds herself getting jealous for the opportunity to reach for the teapot and play hostess. "Then," as the book says, "something horrible happens." I won't give away the plotline here, but I'll bet you can guess what happens! There's definitely a nice lesson here about sharing and forgiveness.

How charming it was to see a little white girl and a little black girl enjoying tea together in this book. My friend who spearheads the Christmas toy collection effort for local foster children has opened my eyes to the very real need for black baby dolls, and I found myself pleased to see the white and black dolls and their respective mommies in the book. That's when it occurred to me this would be a great book for me to give away this Christmas—along with dolls in various pretty colors. As we all know, there's not a little girl out there who couldn't learn to love teatime!


  1. That looks like a charming book, Angela. And what a good idea about giving away copies. I will keep that in mind.

  2. I want to read this book just for the artwork alone. Looks so sweet. I can just imagine the detail. Hugs, Deb

  3. Who wouldn't want to have tea with Fancy Nancy? A wonderful gift for any tea lover - big or small.

  4. I LOVE Fancy Nancy stories! I'll be on the look out for this one. ♥♫

  5. KJ and I love Fancy Nancy!

    Great new design and header on your blog!

  6. Hi Angela,
    Thank you for the book review - love your new header. :o)
    Have a good day.
    Margie in CA

  7. I don't collect children's books about tea (yet) although I have bought a few and given them to granddaughters. However, I do collect children's books about quilts, so I know how fun it is to find a new book.
    Have a great day!

  8. Cute :) I put it on my Grandma list. Looks sweet.

  9. Stunning new header Angela. One of my granddaughters likes the Fancy Nancy books so I'm sure she'll be looking to add this one to her library.
    When our girls were young - 30 or so years ago there was a black cabbage patch doll - and why not?

  10. I will definitely have to look for this book for my two younger granddaughters.
    LOVE your blog's new look!

  11. Now I will be looking for this one. Sounds like a good child's tea book.

  12. Great review, Angela - such a beautiful illustration. I love Fancy Nancy and you make a good point about sharing books with young readers. Have a great week, Joanie

  13. Oh yes..I have MY copy of Tea with Ruby...and NOW must get the Nancy TEA..

    I love to share these with my g'daughters or little girls who visit my home...

    I have a little tea set in a decorated box with dress up clothes etc. for my little visitors and the Little TEA girl still inside me..

    My TEA girl never left and enjoy all things TEA...

    Have a TEAriffic day


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