Fanny's Dream

by Caralyn Buehner (Author) Mark Buehner (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

In this inventive take on the traditional Cinderella tale, Fanny Agnes is a sturdy farm girl with a big dream. Someday, she believes, she will marry a prince. When the town mayor announces he is throwing a grand ball, Fanny is convinced her time has come.

She puts on her best calico dress and goes out to the garden so that she'll be ready when her fairy godmother arrives. As the seconds tick by, Fanny waits and waits. Finally, she hears a voice. It isn't her fairy godmother-but it is someone who will change her life forever.

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Publishers Weekly

PW called this tale about a strapping Wyoming farm gal whose fairy godmother arrives too late an "amusing tweaking of the Cinderella story.

Copyright 2003 Publisher’s Weekly, LLC Used with permission.


Starred Review

A delightful wedding of winsome story and ingenious illustrations; there is no more to be asked of a book.


Starred Review

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.


Rich, glowing colors and a plethora of detail—from pictures on walls to animal shapes in the clouds and a spunky black cat to search out on each spread—give the story enough charm and energy to make it a favorite.

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Caralyn Buehner
The husband-and-wife team behind the best-selling Snowmen at Night and Snowmen at Christmas, Carolyn and Mark Buehner are also the creators of the award-winning Fanny's Dream. Upcoming collaborations include an original fairy tale about a lonely princess who decides to become a hairdresser. They live in Utah with their nine children.
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Guided Reading Level
Puffin Books
Publication date
June 20, 2003
Picture Puffin Books
BISAC categories
JUV025000 - Juvenile Fiction | Lifestyles | Farm Life & Ranch Life
Library of Congress categories
Farm life

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