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Stephanie's Ponytail [Paperback]

Robert Munsch , Michael Martchenko
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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Book Description

Sept. 1 1996 Classic Munsch

A little girl who is determined to strike a blow for nonconformity manages to arrive at school every day with a hairdo more outraegous than the day before. And each time, the cast of copycats grows and grows --- until the day she threatens to shave her head! The strong female voice will speak to many, asserting the importance of individuality and independent thought. Full color throughout.

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Stephanie's Ponytail April 7 2004
By Erica
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
5.0 out of 5 stars The Funniest Book June 12 2003
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephanie's Ponytail Sept. 28 2003
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
2.0 out of 5 stars small book April 17 2013
By Suleman
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
3.0 out of 5 stars very small Dec 23 2011
By jefpan
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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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephanie's Ponytail June 2 2001
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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Stephanie just wanted to go to school with a ponytail. But first the other kids make fun of her hairstyle, and then they all decide to wear their hair the same way. Each time Stephanie changes her hairstyle, she is berated (Ugly, ugly, very ugly!) and then copied. But Stephanie get even with them! She tells them she will shave her head, and sure enough... everyone shows up at school bald as a baby, except Stephanie, wearing a ponytail in the back. The last two pictures in this book are hysterically funny.
My kids love this book. It gives us a nice springboard to discuss whether they like to be trendsetters or followers, and how they feel when someone copies their original ideas. This is one of Munsch's best, and he is GOOD.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Stephanie's ponytail
Kind of disappointed as I thought I was getting a standard size book - instead it came as a "pocketbook". Oh well, grandaughter will still love it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Terri Joosten
2.0 out of 5 stars Stephanie's Ponytail book by Robert Munsch
Was very disappointed when I recieved these books, I had under stood they were normal sized books not itty bitty ones.
Published 14 months ago by Stephanie Wiebe
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
I absolutely adore this book! Not only is it great for primary school children, it's a creative tool to teach acceptance and following your own path in the upper grades.
Published 17 months ago by Stephanie
2.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, except it's tiny!
I love this book and always have, but beware! It's mini. Unfortunately, I returned mine and ordered it in the larger size for $6.60.
Published 17 months ago by Bethany Duiker
5.0 out of 5 stars Small, but delightful.
I was searching for a little treat for my four-year-old granddaughter to enjoy when she visits us and decided on three very small books, two of them by Robert Munsch. Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2012 by LemonAde
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and engaging for young readers and listeners!
Phenomenally funny illustrations accompany this story line. Repetitive phrases help children with speech and listening skills. Read more
Published on July 9 2011 by Morticia Adams
3.0 out of 5 stars So Tiny!
I was so surprised by how small the book is! Didn't realize I was ordering mini books. Ordered 4 in all. Am a little disappointed. Read more
Published on Sept. 3 2010 by kidslovetoread
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong with Munsch!
My daughter loves the book. The only thing that surprised me was how tiny it was. I personally think that it should be mentioned in the title that this is a mini book. Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2010 by Jason M. Funk
5.0 out of 5 stars Just great!!!
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. Read more
Published on Nov. 21 2007 by Handmade Christmas Cards
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