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Stephanie's Ponytail (Munsch for Kids) Paperback – May 1, 1996
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Carol Ann Wilson, Westfield Memorial Library,
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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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.
None of the negative reviews of this book have actually talked about the plot of this book. Stephanie goes to school and kids make fun of her ponytail. The kids say to her "ugly! ugly! ugly!" She calls them "brainless copycats". Being a school teacher, I can just imagine both phrases spreading like wildfire across a K-2 classroom when the teachers aren't present. The successive days she wears her hair in different styles until at the end she says she's going to shave her head and everyone else does it the next day--to make fun of her, but she comes to school with her hair in a ponytail. She laughs and then they all chase after her angrily.
There is a brand of humor spreading in schools that really concerns me as a parent. How is this book funny? Is it funny to make fun of a child? Is it funny to imitate the Ugly! Ugly! chant? Is it wise to laugh when she tricks them--out of spite--at the end of the book? My girls did not get at all that this book was unkind until I discussed it with them and then it left our house.
There is a book called Nurture ShockNurtureShock: New Thinking About Children that I highly recommend.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very funny book. My kids love it. There is enough repetition that they get involved in the telling. They always laugh at the ending.Published 2 days ago by Anonymous
The message is awesome, the language is NOT.
Sadly, I had to be creative and use much more appropriate language when sharing this story with young children. Read more
Love this book! Read it to my first graders and several of the little girls wore their hair in ponytails the next day! So cute!!Published 21 days ago by Jo S. Bolin
My kids love this book. Made them laugh out loud again and again.Published 2 months ago by Terje Langeland
This is one of my favorite books! I teach 3rd grade all my students LOVE this book. Go to the Robert Munsch website and let him read the story to the kids!Published 3 months ago by kmiller