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Fanny's Dream

Fanny's Dream
By Caralyn Buehner
Pictures by Mark Buehner

I love this story. In a generation where princess stories are the main staple for little girls, Fanny Agnes is a sturdy girl from a wild Wyoming town. She wants to go to the ball but ultimately realizes that life is great without it. She wishes for a fairy godmother, but when that doesn't happen, she chooses to marry and have a family.  Life is hard, and at one point their son Davie sticks his socks in the toaster and the house burns down. She and her husband Heber rebuild. It's a metaphor for real life, not for the fantasy fairy tale where people get married and ride off into the sunset and live happily ever after. (spoiler alert: I especially like the ending where a fairy godmother finally appears and gives her the option to choose a fancy life, and Fanny chooses to keep her family and keep working hard with her husband and children.)


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