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Stephanie's Ponytail (Classic Munsch) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-09-08 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 226 user ratings
ISBN:1773210351
LANGUAGE:English

"Stephanie wants to be different than everyone else, so she has her mom put her hair in a ponytail. At school, the other kids make fun of her, but the next day, they have all copied her! Stephanie then tries many times to be different while everyone proceeds to mock then copy her, until finally Stephanie tricks them all into thinking she will shave her head, so the following day everyone is bald except her!

Stephanie's tale is very funny and ridiculous. It irks me that these people would mock her and then copy, so I love it at the end when she has tricked them. And when the teacher shaves her head too, I laughed! A very fun tale with an energetic protagonist.

A book I would connect this to is Dance, Tanya by Satomi Ichikawa. In both stories, we have copycats, but in Dance, Tanya, Tanya's sister Elise likes that she is a copycat. They stories are very different but I like how it shows different ways to respond to copycats.

" Stephanie looked at them and said "You are all a bunch of copycats. You just do whatever I do. You don't have a brain in your heads." "
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"I definitely grew up in a Robert Munsch household; we had most of his books & many an evening was spent in my childhood giggling with my mother and brother through one of his stories.

I had not read Stephanie's Ponytail since I was a child, but I read it the other day while watching my friend's sweet one year old boy. Here are my thoughts:

~Robert Munsch books are fun for child & adult. They are humorous, but also often give valid talking points about social attitudes on different topics.

Summary: This book is about a girl named Stephanie who gets it into her head that she wants to wear her hair in a unique fashion (a ponytail), but when she does go to school with said ponytail she is met with bullying and rejection over her new hairstyle. Instead of deciding to stop separating herself from the herd, Stephanie stays true to herself and wears the ponytail to school the following day only to discover that all of the bullies have adopted the hairstyle as their own. Chaos and hilarity ensue.

~This book highlights a few important points for children to think about/ discuss: namely bullying and the importance of individualism.

I do recommend this for children of all ages!
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" I love this author,he really has some really funny kids stories, it reminds me of the stories my Grandpa use to tell me as a child. " said.

" Thanks, Beth for lending your head of hair and doing this one with me. " said.

" Okay, this book is pretty darn cute! I love Stephanie's independence, and how her parents don't do much to discourage her from her wacky ponytails. The only thing, she makes her teacher and classmates look pretty stupid. Who knows, maybe they needed the lesson! " said.

" So much fun as a read aloud with a group of kids. " said.

"This is a fun and silly book that emphasizes individuality and being secure with your own choices, your own tastes. Our girls really enjoyed this book and laughed often at the absurdity of everyone copying Stephanie's hairstyle. The illustrations are colorful and cartoonish.

Our girls liked watching the story on the Tumblebooks website (http://tumblebooks.com), which is available for free as one of the online resources from our local library.

Robert N. Munsch is a talented storyteller and he's very entertaining when he narrates his own stories!
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"I LOOOOOOOVED this book! It sends the message that it is okay to be unique and yourself! Although it does send the message that it sucks to be copied, it also sends the message that sometimes the weird things are the things that people will want and you can be popular because of it. Another twist on this that I loved was that Stephanie didn't want to be popular, she did it because it made HER happy, which is the most important thing! The only part that I didn't like about this book was that the mom was always asking Stephanie if she was sure that was how she wanted her hair. I think that if Stephanie said that was how she wanted her hair her mom should have just supported her, no questions asked. I think all young girls ( and even boys!) should read this book because it gives the message that it is okay to be yourself! and everyone needs to know that!!" said.

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