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PreS-Gr 2-A sugary version of "Cinderella" for the "My Little Pony" (HarperCollins) set. Ponyella, whose coat is as white as a marshmallow, lives happily on her small farm, running and jumping as she pleases. But when the farm is sold, the new owner brings along his ponies, Plumpkin and Bun Bun. Ponyella now has to live in a small, smelly stall and pull a coal-filled cart all day. When it is announced that Princess Penelope is going to pick the winner of the Tippington 25th Annual Grand Royal Pony Championship, the step-ponies are groomed and driven to the show in a fancy trailer. Poor Ponyella, now as gray as a rain cloud from her sooty work, begins to cry. Suddenly, her fairy godmare appears and waves her wand, and Ponyella is beautifully groomed and wearing four diamond horseshoes. Of course, she is the star of the horse show, but when the clock strikes 12, she has to run, leaving a shoe behind so the traditional ending can happen. Munsinger does her best to make this bit of froth look good. Ponyella, Cooper, and the princess are charmingly drawn and the fairy godmare is surrounded with stars and pink cotton-candy clouds. The slight, predictable story may be enjoyed by girls who can't get enough of cutesy horse books, but most readers would be better off with one of the many other excellent versions of the story.-Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Cinderella gets a peppy makeover in this pony tale from the trio behind the Jellybeans series. Ponyella has an idyllic life until two mean-spirited ponies move onto the farm. While Plumpkin and Bun Bun snicker at her, Ponyella is forced to pull a cart piled with coal, and her white coat "became as gray as a rain cloud." When the haughty ponies are spruced up and taken to the royal pony championship, forlorn Ponyella is visited by her caped "fairy godmare," who turns an apple core into a horse trailer, a mouse into a driver, and the bedraggled pony into a magnificent animal with diamond horseshoes and roses adorning her tail and mane. The frillier moments in Munsinger's pastel-dominated paintings are offset by lightly comedic particulars: Ponyella's human driver still grasps the cheese the mouse was holding, the horses display outsize facial expressions, and the young princess who judges the pony competition in which Ponyella excels-and who finds Ponyella's lost horseshoe--wears a crown on her riding helmet. A sweet, playful adaptation that's just right for the My Little Pony crowd. PW"

Yup, it's what the title suggests-the story of "Cinderella" featuring a pony. When new owners take over the farm, Ponyella acquires two nasty new pasturemates, Bun Bun and Plumpkin, who taunt her and shoulder her aside. Ella's going to be left behind when the wicked ponies head to the Tippington 25th Annual Grand Royal Pony Championship, but with the help of her fairy godmare and a transformed mouse (who's both trailer driver and pony rider), she wows everyone at the show with her talents. She especially impresses Princess Penelope, who afterward comes looking for the talented pony that lost the diamond horseshoe and, finding Ponyella's foot to be a perfect fit, takes her home for a happy-ever-after princess-pony life. While the book occasionally runs a wee bit older than the My Little Pony audience who will most enjoy it (as in the last page, which condemns the mean ponies to entertaining at kids' parties), the concept is pure pony genius and the details enticingly, even somewhat nauseatingly perfect in their targeting; horse-loving kids who've disdained "Cinderella" for its overemphasis on humans will be thrilled that there's finally something worthwhile, in their eyes, at folkloric stake. Munsinger has a light touch in her line-and-watercolor art, keeping tight control over both the pathos of Ponyella's dilemma and the humor of the mean ponies' awfulness, but she also knows what the pony-mad viewers want: lots of flowing mane and tail and prancy elegance (Ponyella's even sporting lovely floral accessories at her most glamorous moments). You might need a select crowd for this, as those not aboard the pony parade may let their displeasure be loudly known, but the pink princess pony fans will greet this with open arms and wonder why it took so long. BCCB"

Pretty white pony Ponyella's idyllic days on the farm come to an end when her owners move away and new owners move in, bringing their disagreeable ponies Plumpkin and Bun Bun with them. Ponyella must haul coal and live in a tiny, smelly stall, and she knows she has no chance of attending the ball...er...the Tippington 25th Annual Grand Royal Pony Championship. Luckily, her fairy "godmare" comes to the rescue, and, dressed in her diamond hooves, Ponyella has a chance to impress the Princess-for here it's not a prince needing a bride but a princess needing a pony. Munsinger's illustrations feature plenty of pink and purple as well as a sweetly dainty pony and princess, so while this twist on Cinderella will probably not appeal to many boys, both the horse-lovers and the princess-lovers will read it happily ever after. Horn Book"

A sugary version of "Cinderella" for the "My Little Pony" (HarperCollins) set. Ponyella, whose coat is as white as a marshmallow, lives happily on her small farm, running and jumping as she pleases. But when the farm is sold, the new owner brings along his ponies, Plumpkin and Bun Bun. Ponyella now has to live in a small, smelly stall and pull a coal-filled cart all day. When it is announced that Princess Penelope is going to pick the winner of the Tippington 25th Annual Grand Royal Pony Championship, the step-ponies are groomed and driven to the show in a fancy trailer. Poor Ponyella, now as gray as a rain cloud from her sooty work, begins to cry. Suddenly, her fairy godmare appears and waves her wand, and Ponyella is beautifully groomed and wearing four diamond horseshoes. Of course, she is the star of the horse show, but when the clock strikes 12, she has to run, leaving a shoe behind so the traditional ending can happen. Munsinger does her best to make this bit of froth look good. Ponyella, Cooper, and the princess are charmingly drawn and the fairy godmare is surrounded with stars and pink cotton-candy clouds. The slight, predictable story may be enjoyed by girls who can't get enough of cutesy horse books, but most readers would be better off with one of the many other excellent versions of the story. SLJ"

This pony version of the traditional Cinderella story is bound to appeal to horse lovers. The unfortunate Ponyella loves her farm and jumping more than anything else. But her life changes dramatically when the farm is sold and Bun Bun and Plumpkin arrive. Suddenly, her stall is minuscule and she spends her days pulling a coal cart. Her hopes rise with talk of Princess Penelope and the Tippington 25th Annual Grand Royal Pony Championship, but the two newcomers soon dash them. Leave it to Ponyella's fairy godmare to save the day, diamond horseshoes and all. Happy endings abound and Bun Bun and Plumpkin even get their comeuppance in a satisfying ending. Munsinger's softly colored watercolor illustrations portray Ponyella as a gorgeous white pony, while Bun Bun and Plumpkin are the epitome of "horse-faced." There is very little to surprise anybody here, the lockstep translation of the fairy tale entirely predictable and festooned with horsey details. That doesn't mean it won't have readers: Horse lovers and libraries who serve them won't want to miss this one. Kirkus"
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; First Edition edition (January 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423102592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423102595
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My daughter seems to have "graduated" from picture books. She's much more interested in chapter books. But I checked this one out of the library anyway.

And she LOVED it!!! Immediately. We read it again and again. And it was so sad when we had to return it to the library (after renewing twice). So... What's a book-loving mama to do?? I bought our own copy!

While it's a bit above her reading level, my daughter knows the story well enough to read it to herself. And she does--regularly.

What is it about this book? I'm not sure... Maybe it's that she's an animal lover? That it's a retelling of a familiar story? That the pictures are beautiful? That the main character remains sweet but the "bad guys get it in the end"? That the story is whimsical and fun? I don't know.

But I do know that this book will be carried on to the next generation in our family... No doubt about it.
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In all fairness, my 6 year old daughter loves this book. I think it's one of the worst kids books I have read. The story idea is great, combining ponies and the traditional Cinderella story. That being said, the ponies that represent the stepsisters, Plumpkin and Bun Bun, are very mean, like "okay, okay, we get the idea" mean. Even my 6 year old has made comments about how mean they are. Also, there are other little overkills, like instead of going to a "ball", they go to the "25th Annual Grand Royal Pony Championship". Not a big deal, I know, but when you have to read this book over and over, it gets annoying. Really wanted to like it, just can't.
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A fun twist on the classic Cinderella fairy tale
When Ponyella's ranch is sold, the new owners bring in two new ponies, Plumpkin and Bun Bun. They are very mean to Ponyella, making fun of her white coat and flowing mane. Then when Princess Penelope shows up looking for a champion pony at the Tippington 25th Annual Pony Championship, Plumpkin and Bun Bun tell Ponyella she is too dirty to go and she is left behind.
In this fantastic re-telling of the Cinderella fairy tale, Ponyella's fairy godmare shows up, turning an apple core into a horse trailer, a mouse into a driver, and Ponyella into a magnificent pony complete with diamond horseshoes, Ponyella soon makes her way to the Pony Championship. Once there, Plumpkin and Bun Bun don't recognize Ponyella and Penelope is amazed at how beautiful Ponyella's looks and how high she jumps. But when the clock strikes noon the magic runs out and Ponyella will have to rush home...losing her diamond horseshoe possibly her chance happily ever after.
A fun twist on the classic Cinderella fairy tale, Ponyella is filled with beautiful illustrations, ponies, and a little magic. A perfect read for all the little girls who ever wanted a pony of their own.
Recommended for readers age 1 and up.
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A cute book for pony/horse lovers, however the "stepsister" ponies were a bit meaner then I would expect for a children's book. My daughter liked it but said, "they are mean ponies". She is only 4 years old though.
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My 4 year old is obsessed with this book! Every time we went to the library she would pick it out, so I finally ordered it for her. Very cute and I definitely recommend it. The book is also sturdy (hardcover version) so it will hold up to her reading it everyday.
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I got this book at a book fair for my daughter and she loved it so much, I purchased it as a gift for a friend's daughter. The story line is very close to Cinderella but it's about a horse. My daughter is 2.5 years old and she enjoys it. She will sit still for it and likes the illustrations. There is one page with questionable content for her age - they are talking about not liking people and calling others names, I usually para-phrase something to get through that. Otherwise, we really enjoy this story.
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What a lovely book! I always seek out new books by Nate Evans and Laura Numeroff. A story of theirs is always full of interest and remarkable humor. Kids can't wait for the plot to unfold. Laura and Nate appear to work well together because the books they produce are outstanding. And to top off this work, Lynn Munsinger's illustrations, once again, are simply wonderful. All of this creativity in one book makes it a must have for younger children. I've given Ponyella to several small friends and they beg to have it read over and over. Some struggle to read it to themselves which is the best sort of compliment.
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By Nanamama on October 6, 2011
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My kid fell in love with the book at the public library and I was really happy to find it for her. It is a quite unusual spinoff of a very common story that gives kids who love horses a nice bedtime reading material.
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