Stephanie's Ponytail

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Stephanie likes to have her own look. So when her classmates begin copying her ponytail, she finds increasingly outrageous ways to wear her hair until she outsmarts the copycats.

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Overview

Stephanie likes to have her own look. So when her classmates begin copying her ponytail, she finds increasingly outrageous ways to wear her hair until she outsmarts the copycats.

About the Annikin Series:

Annikins are mini books made especially for children — small enough to fit into tiny hands and pockets. Each book measures 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" and contains full color pages. Individual titles available in quantities of 20s only.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Wendy Mann
This hilarious tale of ponytail copycats ends with a surprise twist. As usual, Munsch spins fun and revelations into this delightful story. Stephanie proves to be a strong-willed girl who knows what she likes. She has the last laugh on her schoolmates. The vivid watercolor illustrations bring Stephanie's world to life.
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Gr 1-3-"Ugly, ugly, very ugly," decrees the class when Stephanie arrives in school with a ponytail. But the next day, all the girls have ponytails, too. Dismayed and disgusted by these copycats, Stephanie has her Mom move her ponytail to one side with the same results. After wearing it top and front as well, Stephanie confronts the class with her final act of defiance-she announces that she's going to shave her head! Next day, her teacher and classmates are bald as billiard balls and Stephanie? Why, she's chased from the classroom with her very ordinary ponytail flying out behind her. Munsch lampoons the slavish conformity of kids while applauding Stephanie's courage and audacity in this thinly disguised paean to individualism. The cumulative text and progressively more unusual hairstyles will appeal to young readers, and the turnabout ending is satisfying if not surprising. Students of all genders, races, body types, and ages are equally subject to ridicule. The blatant hostility to Stephanie's creative coiffures is never explained, however, and her unholy glee when escaping the rampaging mob of bald classmates borders on malicious. The text is presented opposite the full-page watercolor illustrations that are suitably cartoonish and silly. Independent readers will notice the funny details, such as pets with ponytails. While too small for use with large groups, this book could spark a lively discussion if read aloud. Predictable, irreverent Munsch.-Carol Ann Wilson, Westfield Memorial Library, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554511143
  • Publisher: Annick Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/21/2010
  • Series: Annikins Series
  • Edition description: Mini Edition
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 74,042
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 3.10 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Munsch is the author of more than 25 books for children including The Paper Bag Princes and Stephanie's Ponytail. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and studied to be a Jesuit priest before deciding to work with children instead. He taught in a variety of nursery schools and daycare centers while he earned an MA in Early Childhood Education. In 1975, Munsch and his wife, Ann, moved to Guelph, Ontario. The Munschs have three children: Julie, Andrew, and Tyya (see them all in Something Good!).

Michael Martchenko has illustrated over 30 books for children and has exhibited his work throughout North America. He has won numerous awards for design and illustration. He lives with his wife, Patricia, in Toronto.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2010

    Amazing!

    This clever story about a girl who just wants a ponytail is a cute, and funny adventure for anyone who chooses to read it. Poor Stephanie is challenged by her copy-cat peers every day she attends school. No matter how ridiculous the style, her classmates think Stephanie's hair is amazing. This is a great story for all ages because it shows the importance of being yourself, even when being yourself is hard. I definitely recommend it to anyone, young or old, if you just want a laugh, or if your daughter or son could use a good picture book. Stephanie's Ponytail is the book for you!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

    Stephanie's Ponytail = Stephanie outwits a town

    This pairing of Munsch & Martchenko is another winner! A young girl states with confidence what she wants and what she likes and isn't cowed by society. A great lesson for young girls and boys, with a lot of humour! Highly recommend!

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    A very good book

    My 24 year old daughter still has this book from her childhood. We bought this new copy for a birthday gift for a 1 year old. My daughter loved this book and wanted to pass on its message and give the mom fun reading it, and the child will enjoy it when she is able to read herself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Excellent Children's Book

    Excellent Book for kids, my girls love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

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    This is hilarious! I love this!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    Great

    A story thatz all about A) not copying andB) being special!!! LUV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    - Iceglare

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2012

    Best book

    I love that Stephine had four different styles of ponytails.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    be careful!

    This came as a mini book (about 3" square)...so THAT'S why it was such a great deal!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    What a great story about being yourself.

    This story is wonderful. My daughter who is 6 could really relate to Stephanie's Ponytail. It takes a real life situation and over elaborates on it to making it funny. It just reinforces that it is ok to be yourself even when your different from others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2007

    A reviewer

    This is a very cute book and my 5 year old loves it! It has a surprising twist at the end that children will just love.(You need to look closely at the pictures to get even more laughs!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2003

    Stephanie loves Stephanie`s ponytail

    I love this book. It has a great message,funny illastrations and a fantastic title. Oh and by the way, tak note that every time Stephanies in school and changes hair styles theres a kid in the picture with a different kind of fruit. Now that, is genus.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2002

    The Best Book Ever to be Written!*!*!*

    This book was so much fun and good for all ages. I liked this book because it relates to true life, that everyone HATES a copycat!

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