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Meet Miss Fancy

A charming and significant story set prior to the Civil Rights Movement about a boy who finds a way to challenge segregation laws.Frank has always been obsessed with elephants. He loves their hosepipe trunks, tree stump feet, and swish-swish tails. So when Miss Fancy, the elephant, retires from the circus and moves two blocks from his house to Avondale Park, he's over the moon! Frank really wants to pet her. But Avondale Park is just for white people, so Frank is not allowed to see Miss Fancy. Frank is heartbroken but he doesn't give up: instead he makes a plan!Frank writes to the City Council so his church can host a picnic in the park, and he can finally meet Miss Fancy. All of his neighbors sign the letter, but when some protest, the picnic is cancelled and Frank is heartbroken all over again. Then Miss Fancy escapes the zoo, and it's up to Frank to find her before she gets hurt....

Title : Meet Miss Fancy
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ISBN : 9780399546686
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 pages
Status : Available For Download
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Meet Miss Fancy Reviews

  • Robin

    Something fell a little flat with this one- might have been better structured as non-fiction? Recommended for historical fiction and elephant fans ages 4-6.

  • Candice

    “Hosepipe trunks and flap-flap ears to their tree-stump feet and swish-swish tails.”

    Alabama author, Irene Latham’s latest picture book MEET MISS FANCY, based on the elephant who lived in Birmingham’s Avondale Park from 1913 to 1934.

    Set during segregation, it follows a boy who tries his best to make a difference and realize his dreams of petting Miss Fancy. This book gently showed the kiddos how unfair people can be.

  • Joan Marie

    This historical fiction picture book is based on a real character, an elephant named Miss Fancy that lived in the Avondale Park in Birmingham, Alabama from 1913-1934. It speaks of a time when segregation was occasionally trumped by kindness. Latham's lengthy author's note holds historical notes, adding depth to the story. John Holyfield's beautiful illustrations reveal deep emotion. A beautiful picture book.

    Love the opening lines...

    "FRANK LOVED ELEPHANTS. He loved drawing elephants and talking a
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  • Jeff Corrigan

    Although historical fiction, the story is based on a real elephant that lived in Alabama for several years at a park in the segregated South. Elephant lovers will be pleased.

  • Great Books

    Frank battles the laws of segregation to meet a real elephant that he has been forced to love from afar. This excellent depiction of a young boy learning about racism, also demonstrates the power of determination.

    Reviewer #11

  • Julie

    I enjoyed this story about Miss Fancy and Frank. It is a good choice for opening up discussions about segregation.

  • Jamie

    A fun story based on a true event! This book could serve as a great discussion springboard about equality!

  • Linda

    What if you were a child, a young boy, and loved elephants more than anything? You loved to draw them and talk about them. You loved their "hosepipe trunks and their flap-flap ears, their tree-stump feet and their swish-swish tails." But, but, you've never ever seen a real elephant. This is a story about that boy, Frank, and his adventure with Miss Fancy, one elephant who spent some years in Avondale Park in Birmingham, Alabama. He is that boy who lived only two blocks from the park and helped c ...more