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Product Details

  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Annick Press; 1 edition (Sept. 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550374842
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550374841
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 0.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 68 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 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,
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Erica on April 7 2004
Format: Paperback
Stephanie's Ponytail is a comical picture book that children in the primary grades would find entertaining. All children will be able to relate to Stephanie, who finds that her classmates want to copy all of her hairstyles. The illustrations are vibrant and laughable. The details in the illustrations add plot to the story and will intrigue readers. The text is written in a fun, light-hearted way and is sure to get a laugh. This book can be used to embrace the idea of being different and the importance of individualtity in a variety of classrooms.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie on June 12 2003
Format: Paperback
I think that this is the coolest book. Stephanie goes to school everyday with a different hair style and the next day everyone copies her. I love this book and I think the ending is so hilarious.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Handmade Christmas Cards on Nov. 21 2007
Format: Pocket Book
It is a great book with beautiful illustrations. Really funny. I loved the way Stephanie outmaneuvered all the other kids at the end of the story. The only other book that I had so much fun with was the second book of the series "Why Some Cats are Rascals". Especially the third part of the book titled Cats Alone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BudgetMinder on Sept. 28 2003
Format: Paperback
My 7 & 5 yr old girls thought this book was very funny and could relate to Stephanie's frustration with all the copycats. Stephanie's different ponytail styles added to the fun since we tried them all once we were done reading (and laughing).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Suleman on April 17 2013
Format: Pocket Book Verified Purchase
really really small in size. Had no idea. And its hard to tell when you are looking at a online picture of the book. Had I known it was this small I probably wouldnt have bought it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jefpan on Dec 23 2011
Format: Pocket Book Verified Purchase
While the story may be good - be warned, these are mini books. They are very small & of little use for bedtime reading. I guess you get what you pay for but while some say mini book in the title/description - some do not like this one. I am very disappointed. Bought 3 books for Christmas only to realize they were tiny 1 day before Christmas. OH well, always read the entire description below. Pay the extra & get the regular sized books.
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Format: Paperback
It's funny! It's kind of weird. Actually, Stephanie's kind of weird in a good sort of way like some kids are.
Stephanie's also a leader, not a follower. And Munsch uses her ponytail to show how much of a leader Stephanie is.
Stephanie also has heart and that's what makes her an especially likable little girl. She has so much heart that she makes me laugh...a lot.
Stephanie doesn't have a care in the world about how ridiculous she looks. A ponytail on the side. A ponytail sticking out the back. A ponytail on top.
I'm surprised Munsch didn't have Stephanie wear a ponytail inside a ponytail!
Each time Stephanie paved a new road, other kids followed her lead. Again and again, the other kids did what Stephanie did first.
I give Munsch one star for originality. I give Munsch another star for being funny. I give him a third star for making Stephanie a leader.
I give Stephanie her own star for not being a follower. Munsch and Stephanie share a fifth star because they are stars!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen on June 2 2001
Format: Paperback
Stephanie's ponytail is loved by children of all ages. The lesson to be taught in the book is Be a leader and not a follower. The book is very easy for any child to pick out the moral. The pictures are humerous and children can interact while you read. Great for learning sequencing.
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