Stephanie's Ponytail (Munsch for Kids)

by Robert Munsch

Paperback, 1996



Call number



Annick Press (1996), Edition: Classic Munsch, 24 pages


Juvenile Fiction. Picture Book Fiction. HTML: 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..

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LibraryThing member tripleblessings
A big hit at our house. The kids love Stephanie's original sense of style. She wants to wear her hair in a unique ponytail, and gets annoyed when all the kids at school copy her. Her ponytails get stranger and stranger, and Michael Martchenko's pictures in the book are great fun as even the boys
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and the teachers copy her. Stephanie gets a clever revenge at the end! Both pictures and story are winners.
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LibraryThing member marlene_60110
Good book, loved the way the writer let people know its ok to be different and not worry what others think.
LibraryThing member cbpritchard
Stephanie decides she wants to wear a ponytail because no one else in her class does. The next day all of the girls in her class have a ponytail, and Stephanie is furious. She changes her ponytail to the side, to the front, and all other imaginable places and the class still copies! Her final try
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at being an individual comes when she tells her class that tomorrow she's shaving her head. The next day her class is all bald, and Stephanie is not!
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LibraryThing member conuly
Stephanie wants a ponytail. And all the kids say "Ugly, ugly", but the next day they copy her style. And she keeps coming up with more and more exotic places for her ponytails and getting more and more frustrated with the annoying hypocrites in her school, until she finally announces she's Shaving
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her HEAD.

She doesn't, they do. LOL. Great shot at the end of the entire shaven school, teachers and principal and students and all (and birds, and cats, and dogs with their heads shaved!) chasing Stephanie with her one ponytail right in the back of her head. It's ridiculous, it's absurd, it doesn't pretend to have any more meaning than that "Copycats are annoying" - you have to love it.
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LibraryThing member shelbyrae
This is a story about a girl who wears her hair in all different ponytails and everybody keeps copying her ponytail so every day she changes her ponytail and everyone follows her and changes their ponytail. Even though they called her ugly for it they still copied her. Then she finally tells them
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she’s going to shave her head and everyone comes to school the next day with shaved heads. Except Stephanie, she had her hair in a nice ponytail and looked at everyone and told them they were ugly.

I love this story because it is a great example of why we should be our own person and not let others influence us to do something. We should make our own decisions because that’s what we want or like not because someone else does.

I would have a class discussion about being their own person and not copying others. Also, each student would write and draw a picture of their favorite hairstyle and would be allowed to share it with the class.
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LibraryThing member wroesch
This ar great book for children who are being copied or who are copying others. It is funny and cute with great illustrations by Michael Martchenko. See what happens when Stephanie wants a poytail in the front or when she decides to shave her head.
LibraryThing member kabentley
This is a great book which teaches the importance of individuality. Stephanie does not like it when others copy her so she tries all kinds of ponytails in order to be different. The following day the others copy her so she decides to get even. Stephanie tells everyone she is going to shave her
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head. This books has a very funny ending that kids of all ages will enjoy.
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LibraryThing member fahmad78
- Good for storytelling to older children.
LibraryThing member Shelbya14
Stephanie wants to be different, so she asks her mom to give her a ponytail. When her classmates mock her, she simply replies that she likes it. The next day, they all show up with ponytails. Stephanie comes up with increasingly zany hairstyles in her quest for uniqueness, but finds herself
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mimicked every step of the way. How will she assert her individuality?
This is a wonderful book. It's incredibly funny and brings a unique interpretation to the conversation about identity. There are some insults in the book, which I don't mind, but parents and teachers may want to prepare themselves for a discussion on how to deal with bullies.This book is a great read-aloud and is appropriate as an independent read for 1st-5th grade.
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LibraryThing member dukefan86
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!
LibraryThing member slh056
This is a great book for kids. It would be good to read to the students to teach them that being an individual is something to strive for. I think this book would work really well in the upper grades when students struggle with self-acceptance.
LibraryThing member Laene
Munsch is a fantastic story-teller, and this may well be my favorite book of his (next to to the unsurpassable I Love You Forever). In Stephanie's Ponytail, every keeps copying Stephanie's hairstyles until one day she tricks everyone and can return to her own unique ponytail again without fear of
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copycats. This is a wonderfully adorable tale about individuality and wit. This picture book also serves as an example of clever, aspirational female characters, which should fill the shelves of a classroom library.
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LibraryThing member Kreho
If I have not read all of Robert Munsch's books, I have ready MANY of them. These books are not only well written, but are well known for the illustrations done by Michael Martchenko. I enjoyed these books being read to me growing up and now am experiencing the joy that comes with reading these
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books out-loud to students. These books are humorous and have topics children can relate to. Stephanie's Ponytail was just one of my favorites!
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LibraryThing member abreid1
I liked this story a lot and it was very cute. I liked the characters in the story because they were believable. The actions were typical of girls to copy one another. Every time Stephanie came to school with a new hair-do, all the other kids copied her. I also liked the writing in this story
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because it was engaging and the reader could predict what was going to happen next. Every page had Stephanie choosing a new hairstyle, her mom commenting on it with the same comment, then all the kids copying her. The writing was repetitive and engaging and the reader could predict that after Stephanie chose a new hairstyle, everyone would copy her. The main idea in this story is to be original!
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LibraryThing member Shelby08
This book is great because it teaches kids to be yourself and that it's okay to be different. And it also has different dialogue and is great for readers theaters.
LibraryThing member cabram90
After telling her that her hair was ugly, no matter what ponytail Stephanie had the next day she came to school everyone had the same ponytail. To be herself because everyone is copying her she changes her hair everyday.
LibraryThing member lmcswe1
I really enjoyed reading this book as a child, and just as much now that I’m older. The plot is unique but relatable, and it’s an overall fun book to read. One thing I particularly liked about this book was the illustrations. They are very detail oriented and there are little “easter eggs”
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on every page. For example, on one of the pages, all of the students shave their heads after Stephanie says she is going to. If you look closely, amongst the huge crowd of bald students and teachers you can see a cat who also has his head shaved. It’s these little details that make the book fun to read over and over again. The maid idea of this book is that sometimes coming up with an original idea is better than taking one that already exists.
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LibraryThing member LizeGarber
This book is a lot of fun! It looks at leader/follower relationships and how they can effect your lives for better or worse. I think that second grade, possibly third grade, and down would really enjoy this book for its humor. For a teaching point I think it would be good to use to develop the
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concept of foreshadowing because of the repetition of events. It is a bit silly and just the right length for an engaging quick lesson.
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LibraryThing member ivettja
Stephany is a little girl who is going to school and in the morning her mom asks how she wants her hair, and she says in a ponytail. When she gets to school the kids make fun it and call it ugly but she doesn't care she say's "it's my ponytail and I like it" then the next day everyone including the
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boys are wearing a ponytail out the back and she calls them "copycats". This time Stephany has it on the side and all the kids made fun of it but she didn't care she said " It's my ponytail and I like it". Then the next day everyone had the ponytail out the side like her. Then she changes it to the top, in her forehead etc. and they keep copying her. At last she says she's going to shave her head and the next day everyone including the teachers come with their head shaved except Stephany.
Ages: 5-7
Source:Tacoma Head Start
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LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
Stephanie's classmates begin to copy her hairstyle in this amusing picture-book romp from Canadian author/illustrator team Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko. When she wears her ponytail at the back, so do they. When she wears it at the top, so do they. Eventually both boys and girls - as well as
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the teacher! - are copying Stephanie. But will they continue to do so, when she tells them she intends to shave her head...?

Munsch and Martchenko have collaborated on quite a few beloved Canadian picture-books, from Love You Forever to The Paper Bag Princess, and they are a winning team! Stephanie's Ponytail offers a humorous look at imitation and individuality, pairing a matter-of-factly madcap tale with immensely droll artwork. Recommended to fellow fans of this creative picture-book team, and to anyone looking for children's stories about conformity vs. individuality, trend-setting vs. imitation.
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LibraryThing member ennuiprayer
Great book, but I have some regrets featuring it in a story time.


Buckaroo Book Award (Nominee — 1999)
Grand Canyon Reader Award (Nominee — Picture Books — 1999)


Original language


Physical description

8 inches


1550374842 / 9781550374841


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