Stephanie's Ponytail Paperback – May 1 1996
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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.
“Predictable, irreverent Munsch.”—School Library JournalSee all Product Description
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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!
Most recent customer reviews
Didn't realize it was a little book lol but came in great conditionPublished 21 days ago by Destiny Bondu
Our granddaughter loved the book! She can relate to having her hair out in ponytail....Published 28 days ago by Ms. Dale Decker