Ponyella

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Which pony does the diamond horseshoe fit?

In this clever retelling of Cinderella, Ponyella longs to show Princess Penelope her fabulous leaps and jumps at the Tippington 25th Annual Grand Royal Pony Championship. But Plumpkin and Bun Bun, the mean ponies she shares a farm with, say that Ponyella's farm chores make her too dirty to be a champion.

With a little help from Ponyella's fairy godmare, her coat becomes marshmallow white once again, ...

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Overview


Which pony does the diamond horseshoe fit?

In this clever retelling of Cinderella, Ponyella longs to show Princess Penelope her fabulous leaps and jumps at the Tippington 25th Annual Grand Royal Pony Championship. But Plumpkin and Bun Bun, the mean ponies she shares a farm with, say that Ponyella's farm chores make her too dirty to be a champion.

With a little help from Ponyella's fairy godmare, her coat becomes marshmallow white once again, and her mane silky and beautiful. It's love at first sight for Princess Penelope and Ponyella - but what will happen when the magic runs out at noon?

From the best-selling author-illustrator team of the What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best books comes a playful rendition of Cinderella with an original twist!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Cinderella gets a peppy makeover in this pony tale from the trio behind the Jellybeans series. Ponyella has an idyllic life until two mean-spirited ponies move onto the farm. While Plumpkin and Bun Bun snicker at her, Ponyella is forced to pull a cart piled with coal, and her white coat "became as gray as a rain cloud." When the haughty ponies are spruced up and taken to the royal pony championship, forlorn Ponyella is visited by her caped "fairy godmare," who turns an apple core into a horse trailer, a mouse into a driver, and the bedraggled pony into a magnificent animal with diamond horseshoes and roses adorning her tail and mane. The frillier moments in Munsinger's pastel-dominated paintings are offset by lightly comedic particulars: Ponyella's human driver still grasps the cheese the mouse was holding, the horses display outsize facial expressions, and the young princess who judges the pony competition in which Ponyella excels--and who finds Ponyella's lost horseshoe--wears a crown on her riding helmet. A sweet, playful adaptation that's just right for the My Little Pony crowd. Ages 4–8. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Ponyella, a marshmallow white horse, is suddenly confronted with new owners of the farm where she lives. The new owners bring over two ponies, Plumpkin and Bun Bun. Unfortunately, Plumpkin and Bun Bun are envious of Ponyella and they cause such a ruckus that Ponyella must live in an unpleasant, dirty stall and pull carts filled with coal. The story is a pony-themed Cinderella fairy tale, complete with a fairy godmare, a horse trailer instead of a coach, and diamond horseshoes rather than glass slippers. However, in place of a prince and a ball, there is a princess who selects the winner of the Tippington 25th Annual Grand Roy Pony Championship that involves jumping events. The text and illustrations work well together. The character traits of the ponies are defined in their appearance and postures. The story is light and humorous. In addition presents a fun twist to a familiar fairy tale. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—A sugary version of "Cinderella" for the "My Little Pony" (HarperCollins) set. Ponyella, whose coat is as white as a marshmallow, lives happily on her small farm, running and jumping as she pleases. But when the farm is sold, the new owner brings along his ponies, Plumpkin and Bun Bun. Ponyella now has to live in a small, smelly stall and pull a coal-filled cart all day. When it is announced that Princess Penelope is going to pick the winner of the Tippington 25th Annual Grand Royal Pony Championship, the step-ponies are groomed and driven to the show in a fancy trailer. Poor Ponyella, now as gray as a rain cloud from her sooty work, begins to cry. Suddenly, her fairy godmare appears and waves her wand, and Ponyella is beautifully groomed and wearing four diamond horseshoes. Of course, she is the star of the horse show, but when the clock strikes 12, she has to run, leaving a shoe behind so the traditional ending can happen. Munsinger does her best to make this bit of froth look good. Ponyella, Cooper, and the princess are charmingly drawn and the fairy godmare is surrounded with stars and pink cotton-candy clouds. The slight, predictable story may be enjoyed by girls who can't get enough of cutesy horse books, but most readers would be better off with one of the many other excellent versions of the story.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
Kirkus Reviews
This pony version of the traditional Cinderella story is bound to appeal to horse lovers. The unfortunate Ponyella loves her farm and jumping more than anything else. But her life changes dramatically when the farm is sold and Bun Bun and Plumpkin arrive. Suddenly, her stall is minuscule and she spends her days pulling a coal cart. Her hopes rise with talk of Princess Penelope and the Tippington 25th Annual Grand Royal Pony Championship, but the two newcomers soon dash them. Leave it to Ponyella's fairy godmare to save the day, diamond horseshoes and all. Happy endings abound...and Bun Bun and Plumpkin even get their comeuppance in a satisfying ending. Munsinger's softly colored watercolor illustrations portray Ponyella as a gorgeous white pony, while Bun Bun and Plumpkin are the epitome of "horse-faced." There is very little to surprise anybody here, the lockstep translation of the fairy tale entirely predictable and festooned with horsey details. That doesn't mean it won't have readers: Horse lovers and libraries who serve them won't want to miss this one. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423102595
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 1/18/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 268,510
  • Age range: 1 year
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Numeroff

Laura Numeroff (www.lauranumeroff.com) is the widely popular author of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and its companion titles, which have become the favorites not only of parents, but of teachers who love the books' visual elements and domino-effect storylines. Numeroff's other popular titles, What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best and What Grandpas Do Best/What Grandmas Do Best, are loving paeans to activities shared with adults.


Lynn Munsinger is the illustrator of many popular books for children, including The Teeny Tiny Ghost, Whooo's Haunting The Teeny Tiny Ghost? and The Teeny Tiny Ghost and the Monster by Kay Winters as well as God Bless America by Irving Berlin and Hunter's Best Friend At School by Laura Malone Elliot. She has illustrated the following books by Laura Numeroff: What Mommies Do Best, What Daddies Do Best, What Grandmas Do Best, What Grandpas Do Best, What Aunts Do Best, and Beatrice Doesn't Want To.

Biography

If you give a series-prone author an inch, she'll take a mile -- and fortunately for fans of Laura Numeroff's books, she took her concept and is still running with it. Her aphoristic animal stories show what happens when you give a little something ... and get a big list of follow-up requests.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and its companion titles have become favorites not only of parents, but of teachers who like the books' visual elements and domino-effect storylines. Numeroff's other popular titles, What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best and What Grandpas Do Best/What Grandmas Do Best, are loving paeans to activities shared with adults.

A would-be fashion designer who grew up in Brooklyn and now lives in California with a mini-menagerie of pets, Numeroff's stock in trade is her "silly imagination" and her love of animals. Her versatility as a storyteller has been enhanced by the fact that she works with different illustrators, though it also means that all Numeroff titles may not suit the same reader. Her anthropomorphic stories often capitalize on fantasy, but she also has a knack for rhyme, evident in particular in her books Dogs Don't Wear Sneakers and Chimps Don't Wear Glasses.

Numeroff doesn't seem to run out of ideas for ridiculous situations to put people and animals in, nor does she stop celebrating what's special about family relationships. This is what will keep readers coming back to her titles, series-oriented or not.

Good To Know

Numeroff says her parents instilled a love of science and stamp collecting in her as a child, and she has grown into a collector as an adult. Among her collections: stuffed animals, old photographs, autographed children's books, and Halloween masks.

As a teenager, Numeroff was inspired by her sister to become a fashion designer, leading to her attendance at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn for college. "Unfortunately," she says, "I hated everything about the fashion department and I couldn't sew to save my life!" Instead, she took a class on writing and illustrating books for children. Her first effort, about the tallest girl in the third grade, was sold before Numeroff graduated. (Amy for Short is now out of print.)

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    1. Also Known As:
      Laura Joffe Numeroff
    2. Hometown:
      Brentwood, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 14, 1953
    2. Place of Birth:
      Brooklyn, New York
    1. Education:
      B.F.A. with honors, Pratt Institute, 1975; attended Parsons College, 1975
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  • Posted September 14, 2012

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    A fun twist on the classic Cinderella fairy tale

    When Ponyella’s ranch is sold, the new owners bring in two new ponies, Plumpkin and Bun Bun. They are very mean to Ponyella, making fun of her white coat and flowing mane. Then when Princess Penelope shows up looking for a champion pony at the Tippington 25th Annual Pony Championship, Plumpkin and Bun Bun tell Ponyella she is too dirty to go and she is left behind.
    In this fantastic re-telling of the Cinderella fairy tale, Ponyella’s fairy godmare shows up, turning an apple core into a horse trailer, a mouse into a driver, and Ponyella into a magnificent pony complete with diamond horseshoes, Ponyella soon makes her way to the Pony Championship. Once there, Plumpkin and Bun Bun don’t recognize Ponyella and Penelope is amazed at how beautiful Ponyella’s looks and how high she jumps. But when the clock strikes noon the magic runs out and Ponyella will have to rush home…losing her diamond horseshoe possibly her chance happily ever after.
    A fun twist on the classic Cinderella fairy tale, Ponyella is filled with beautiful illustrations, ponies, and a little magic. A perfect read for all the little girls who ever wanted a pony of their own.
    Recommended for readers age 1 and up.

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