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Stephanie's Ponytail
     

Stephanie's Ponytail

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by Robert Munsch, Michael Martchenko
 

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None of the kids in her class wear a ponytail, so Stephanie decides she must have one. The loud, unanimous comment from her classmates is: “Ugly, ugly, very ugly.” Steadfast, when all the girls have copied her ponytail, she resolves to try a new style. With true Munsch flair, each of Stephanie’s ponytails is more outrageous than the last,

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None of the kids in her class wear a ponytail, so Stephanie decides she must have one. The loud, unanimous comment from her classmates is: “Ugly, ugly, very ugly.” Steadfast, when all the girls have copied her ponytail, she resolves to try a new style. With true Munsch flair, each of Stephanie’s ponytails is more outrageous than the last, while the cast of copycats grows and grows.

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.
School Library Journal
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550374841
Publisher:
Annick Press, Limited
Publication date:
09/01/1996
Series:
Munsch for Kids Series
Edition description:
Limited Edition
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
36,357
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Lexile:
500L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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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Stephanie's Ponytail 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous 7 months ago
My daughter has very long hair and everyone always wants to touch it. She really related to the little girl in this book who found a very unique and funny way to deal with people who want to copy her hairstyles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
cecilia1 More than 1 year ago
i need to buy the book by tomorrow night latest! how did i get it?? please i need help asap!!
Deb-MT More than 1 year ago
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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scotps More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent Book for kids, my girls love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is hilarious! I love this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A story thatz all about A) not copying andB) being special!!! LUV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - Iceglare
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love that Stephine had four different styles of ponytails.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This came as a mini book (about 3" square)...so THAT'S why it was such a great deal!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.