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The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
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The Hundred Dresses (1944)

by Eleanor Estes

Other authors: Louis Slobodkin (Illustrator)

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The Hundred Dresses tells the story of a girl who is bullied by classmates but from a bystanders perspective. This story would be great to use when discussing bullying and what to do if you are a bystander. This story can be used to convey a lot of messages about doing what is right, guilt and timing. This book is a bit long so younger students may lose interest but if the story is broken up into parts (by chapter) students may retain more of the story. ( )
  BreeRud | Sep 19, 2018 |
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In this beautifully restored edition of THE HUNDRED DRESSES, Estes shares a story that children will all recognized. What do you do when you see someone being bullied? Maddie learns that saying nothing is just as bad as being the bully. Fortunately, this story has a hopeful ending, if not a resolution. This story is needed more today than ever. These days, the bullies seem to win in the end. If every teacher shared this story with his or her class, perhaps the helpers would learn about the courage it takes to help. ( )
  MsKathleen | Jan 29, 2018 |
A timeless tale about bullying and guilt, but I do wish the end was different. ( )
  bookwyrmm | Dec 26, 2017 |
At first you think that this is a book about a girl named Wanda who was "different" and made fun of by the other girls in her class. But it's not. It's really beautiful story about a girl named Maddie who deep down in her belly, knew that not saying anything to stick up for Wanda was just as bad as the act of making fun of her. So many times, we know kids like this. They stand by and watch while others make fun of someone. Collision. Sometimes worse that bullying. Maddie had to live with her "no action" approach before she got the chance to apologize. Because Wanda moved! But not before Wanda left a reminder... ( )
1 vote mpettit7974 | Dec 21, 2017 |
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Eleanor Estesprimary authorall editionscalculated
Slobodkin, LouisIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Alemagna, BeatriceIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Estes, HelenaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Today, Monday, Wanda Petronski was not in her seat.
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She stood by silently, and that was just as bad as what Peggy had done.
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Wanda Petronski lives way up in shabby Boggins Heights, and she doesn't have any friends. Every day she wears a faded blue dress, which wouldn't be too much of a problem if she didn't tell her schoolmates that she had a hundred dresses at home--all silk, all colors, and velvet, too. This lie--albeit understandable in light of her dress-obsessed circle--precipitates peals of laughter from her peers, and she never hears the end of it. One day, after Wanda has been absent from school for a few days, the teacher receives a note from Wanda's father, a Polish immigrant: "Dear teacher: My Wanda will not come to your school any more. Jake also. Now we move away to big city. No more holler Polack. No more ask why funny name. Plenty of funny names in the big city. Yours truly, Jan Petronski."

Maddie, a girl who had stood by while Wanda was taunted about her dresses, feels sick inside: "True, she had not enjoyed listening to Peggy ask Wanda how many dresses she had in her closet, but she had said nothing.... She was a coward.... She had helped to make someone so unhappy that she had had to move away from town." Repentant, Maddie and her friend Peggy head up to Boggins Heights to see if the Petronskis are still there. When they discover the house is empty, Maddie despairs: "Nothing would ever seem good to her again, because just when she was about to enjoy something--like going for a hike with Peggy to look for bayberries or sliding down Barley Hill--she'd bump right smack into the thought that she had made Wanda Petronski move away." Ouch. This gentle Newbery Honor Book convincingly captures the deeply felt moral dilemmas of childhood, equally poignant for the teased or the tormentor. Louis Slobodkin, illustrator of the 1944 Caldecott Medalist Many Moons, brings his wispy, evocative, color-washed sketches to Eleanor Estes's time-proven classic about kindness, compassion, and standing up for what's right. (Ages 6 and older) --Karin Snelson

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In winning a medal she is no longer there to receive, a tight-lipped little Polish girl teaches her classmates a lesson. Includes a note from the author's daughter, Helena Estes.

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