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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 ...more
Paperback, 24 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Annick Press
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Ronyell
“Stephanie’s Ponytail is an extremely funny book about peer pressure from the mind of Robert Munsch along with humorous illustrations by Michael Martchenko. The book details the herione’s efforts to find a style fitting to her while at the same time trying to avoid the “copycats” at her school.

“Stephanie’s Ponytail” is full of good humor and great lessons about peer pressure. Michael Martchenko’s illustrations are extremely humorous as he depicts each character to look like they have popped out
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Nicole Doerr
As an contemporary realistic fiction book this appropriate for all ages but geared toward ages seven through thirteen years old, especially girls. From a strong woman’s voice, the issues of peer pressure is brought up. The main character, Stephanie, wants to standout with the most outrages hair styles. At first she is made fun of but them her style is soon copied by other students. This book is amazing funny. Students can really take a lot from it. The theme of this book is independence and peer ...more
Leslie
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 ...more
Itzel
In this book, it is a story about a girl and her way that she wears her ponytail. She goes to school with her ponytail and everyone does not like her ponytail. The next day she goes back to school, everyone was wearing a ponytail just like she was. They copied her. The next day Stephanie wore her ponytail in a different way. When she goes to school, everyone doesn’t like the way she is wearing her ponytail. When she goes back to school, they are all wearing their ponytails just like Stephanie wa ...more
Lisa Vegan
Nov 13, 2008 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nonconformists and conformists, for different reasons
Recommended to Lisa by: Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This book shows the perils of being a copycat, and interestingly shows how adults as well as children can be copycats and conformists. There are a couple of funny parts in this book. Stephanie proves to be very clever, but I did find her insistence of being unique as ripe for discussion as her classmates and teacher who wanted to copy her hairstyle.
Keani Meier
Stephanie’s Ponytail By Robert Munsch
Stephanie wanted to look different and asked her mom to give her a ponytail. Her other classmates did not like it and teased her about it but the very next day all of her classmates had a ponytail. The next day Stephanie wanted a side ponytails and the next day everyone copied her. Stephanie kept changing her ponytails and her classmates first teased her than copied Stephanie. Stephanie's got very angry and plotted away to outsmart her classmate, will she be
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Sydney Freel
This book is about a girl who arrives at school with her hair styled differently than others. Her classmates made fun of her hair because it was in a ponytail. The next day all of the girls wore their hair in ponytails too. It made Stephanie angry that her classmates were copying her. So she had her mom to style her hair differently the next day, but the same thing happened, her classmates copied her again. She did this multiple times and finally she confronted her class and told them all she wa ...more
Lesley
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!
Kate
Thanks, Beth for lending your head of hair and doing this one with me.
Kristine
Author: Robert Munsch
Illustrator: Michael Martchenko
Published: 1996
Genre: Humor

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Stephanie asks her mom to give her a ponytail coming right out the back because none of the kids in her class have a ponytail. At school, the other kids say it’s ugly, but Stephanie says its her ponytail and she likes it. The next day, all the girls in school have a ponytail coming out the back. So, Stephanie asks her mom to give her a ponytail coming out the side. At school, the other kids say it’s ugly
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Cathy
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.

It was a great read for Crazy Hair Day - the Kids loved it! Be sure to look at the animals in the last picture in the book careful
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Teresa
This story is about a girl names Stephanie who wanted to wear a ponytail to be different at school. The only problem was everyone at school wanted to do everything she did. The illustrations in this book look to me like a nice water color. It kind of reminds me of the channel 11 show Caillou. This is one of my electronic books and the narrator did an awesome job at portraying this story. I gave the story 5 stars because it is hillarious what happens at the end.

This is a great book to have in th
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Phylicia Bohannon
Stephanie’s Ponytail is a fictional story about a little girl who wants so badly to have a different hairstyle from everyone else. But it seems no matter what she does everyone at her school copies her hairstyle after teasing her for wearing it the first day. Eventually Stephanie tricks the entire school into shaving their heads bald while she still rocks her simple ponytail.
I would use this text in my classroom to show students that being an individual is a good thing that everyone should striv
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Megan Piero
This book is about a little girl named Stephanie who wants nothing more than to be different from her classmates. She notices that no one else in her class has a ponytail so she asks her mom to do her hair and give her one. She wears it to school but all of her classmates tell her " Ugly,Ugly, very Ugly!". Stephanie feels very sad until she goes to school the next day and everyone is wearing ponytails! Frustrated, she tells them they are a bunch of copy cats. She decides to be different by weari ...more
Madison
Stephanie wanted a ponytail because nobody else has a ponytail. The other girls tell her that she is ugly. The next day, all the girls had a pony tail just like she did. Next, Stephanie wants a ponytail out the side. The same thing happens, even with some of the boys. Then, the next day, Stephanie puts a ponytail on top of her head like a tree. All of the boys, the girls, and even the teacher are copycats. Next, she has a ponytail that hangs out over her nose. Everyone copies her again. She anno ...more
Christian Houseworth
This is a great book! I would recommend this book especially for upper grades. It is about a girl who asks her mom everyday to fix her hair in a different type of ponytail. On the day that she wears the newly tail, everyone says its ugly, but the next day when she comes to school everyone has their hair the exact same way she does. She told the students to get their own brains and stop being copycats. Of course they didn't listen, so Stephanie Had an idea..... She told them that she was going to ...more
Evette
Stephanie’s Ponytail by Robert N. Munsch. This story is about Stephanie she wanted a ponytail because nobody else has a ponytail. The other girls tell her that she is ugly. The next day, all the girls had a pony tail just like she did. Next, Stephanie wants a ponytail out the side. The same thing happens, even with some of the boys. Then, the next day, Stephanie puts a ponytail on top of her head like a tree. All of the boys, the girls, and even the teacher are copycats. Next, she has a ponytail ...more
Amber Lynch
Stephanie's Ponytail is about a girl who wears her hair in a ponytail and then all her friends start to copy the way she has it. They declare that it is ugly but proceed to copy her. Instead of seeing this as a compliment, Stephanie sees it as annoying. Each day Stephanie decides to wear her hair in a different ponytail strategically placed on her head to see what the other girls, boys and even the techers will do. In the end Stephanie plays a trick on all of them and you will need to read this ...more
Juso
"Stephanie's Ponytail" is a wonderful book about a little girl named Stephanie and her desire to be different from everyone else. One day, Stephanie asks her mother to tie her hair into a ponytail, but when she comes to school the next day all of the students tell her that her hair is ugly. However, the next day all of the roommates have the same hairstyle as her. When Stephanie puts the ponytail to the side, so do all of her classmates. They continue to copy everything she does and Stephanie be ...more
Amy
This is a delightful book about conformity!! A little girl wants to be different and every time she wears her hair one way, the very next day EVERYONE has the same hairstyle. She goes through several hairstyles from "normal" to crazy and then............a delightful ending that says, "GOTCHA"

I'd use it for 2-4th grades
Mckenzie Koch
I liked this book growing up because I like how she tricked everyone at the end to not follow her anymore. I also like how it teaches the importance of being unique. I also love how excited she would be about her different hairstyles because growing up I loved to do many different hairstyles.
george
Stephanie is an individual and she wants it to stay that way. She notices that no one in school wears her hair in a ponytail, so Stephanie decides to wear one to school. Although everyone makes fun of her and tells her it's ugly, the next day they all show up with ponytails exactly like Stephanie's. Angered, Stephanie decides to wear her hair differently after that, but the same people call her ugly, and the same people copy her the day after. Stephanie is frustrated and comes up with a ponytail ...more
Luann
Ha! This was a lot of fun. Stephanie's classmates and even her teacher really are a "bunch of brainless copycats." I loved the ending. Read this to anyone who is easily swayed by peer pressure!
Connie
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 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 Step
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Amy
Feb 13, 2014 Amy added it
-Lesson: copying someone is not necessarily the best decision
-Humorous
-Classmates copy Stephanie's hairstyle until she eventually says she is going to come to school bald the next day
Anita
This book was incredibly fun! Stephanie wanted to be different so she decided to wear a ponytail to school one day. No one liked her ponytail they even called it ugly. However, the next day everyone had copied Stephanie's ponytail. To get back at everyone she said she was going to shave her head! When she arrived at school the next day everyone had shaved their head...except for Stephanie.

I would use this book to teach my children to just be themselves. They don't have to have a ponytail like e
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Heidi
May 18, 2009 Heidi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 4-8
Shelves: picture-book
Here's another great one by Robert N. Munsch. Stephanie is a young girl who definitely doesn't follow the crowd. It all starts out when Stephanie decides to wear her hair in a ponytail and the other children tease her. But she likes it and still wears it that way. Until, the other children at school wear their hair the same way. Stephanie then wears her hair in various styles and all the other students (boys and girls) as well as the teacher even copy Stephanie's hair styles. How will Stephanie ...more
Liz Todd
Great book for making predictions! Repetitive, like typical Munsch books. Message: Don't be a follower.
Dolly
Oct 25, 2009 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
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. (www.tumblebooks.com) Robert N. Munsch is a talented storyteller and he's very entertaining when he narrates his own stories!
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Robert Munsch was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Fordham University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and from Boston University in 1971 with a Master of Arts degree in anthropology.

He studied to become a Jesuit priest, but decided he would rather work with children after jobs at orphanages and daycare centers. In 1973, he received a Master of Education in Chil
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