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The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

The Hundred Dresses (original 1944; edition 2004)

by Eleanor Estes, Louis Slobodkin (Illustrator)

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Title:The Hundred Dresses
Authors:Eleanor Estes
Other authors:Louis Slobodkin (Illustrator)
Info:Sandpiper (2004), Edition: Reissue, Paperback, 96 pages
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The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes (1944)

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This book is realistic fiction. It is about a girl that claims she has 100 dresses. None of the other girls believe her though, because she appears to be very poor. They make fun of her for it, ann asks her about it every day. The girl never complains and just takes it. There is an art contest about designing dresses, and the girl submits 100 drawings of dresses. She wins! Everyone is surprised. But before they can tell her that she won, she moves away. So they mail her a letter and tell her that she won. She writes back and says that some of the dress drawings are for certain people. It ends up being drawings of all of the girls that bullied her. They are humbled by this and learn a lesson. ( )
  NatalieCJones | Apr 19, 2015 |
At first skim this seems like a didactic little moralizer. But there's something magical about it, something I can't put my finger on that makes it eminently readable, even enjoyable. Maybe it's partly because the 'mean' girls aren't actually cruel and have some lessons to learn about their inner hearts that are deeper than just 'don't tease.' I dunno what to say - you and I both should read the other reviews.

ETA - just did, and found that this is inspired by a true story, which is probably what makes it so authentic and resonant. See: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/409986277 ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
Although some of the language in this book is somewhat dated the story itself is timeless. A young girl is bullied by her classmates and is believed to be telling fibs about her hundred dresses. As it turns out she delivers on her claim of having a hundred dresses in an unexpected way. Through this experience students learn about kindness and acceptance. This is a classic tale and one I will read with my grade 2 group of advance readers as an enrichment activity. Adrienne Gear also recommends this book for grade 2-3 readers. ( )
  mmeharvey | Apr 7, 2015 |
Summary of Book: In this book called The Hundred Dresses a little girl named Wanda wears the same blue dress every day to school. However, she tells her classmates that she has 100 dresses at home. Wanda does not have any friends and gets picked on quite often. This other girl names Maggie who stood as she watched Wanda get made fun of feels so sad inside when she finds out that Wanda will no longer becoming back to school.
Personal Reaction to Book: This is a wonderful book that teaches a great example to students. It teaches that when you make fun of somebody it can go farther than you think. This book shows the harm that hurtful words can bring to someone’s heart and life.
Extension Ideas:
1. The children will write a paragraph describing why it is important to be respectful to everyone.
2. The children will draw a picture of Wanda's dress of how they think it looked like.
  ChristaSparks | Mar 30, 2015 |
Read this as a kid and wanted to remember the story. MY memory was Wanda's closet was large enough to hold 100 dresses...

I liked the lesson the book teaches and can understand how Maddie felt as she did about not wanting to bring attention to herself. ( )
  jrsearcher | Feb 12, 2015 |
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Alemagna, BeatriceIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Estes, HelenaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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