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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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o Summary of content/review: This story’s main character Wanda, is a Polish immigrant now attending a public school in Connecticut. Wanda, coming from a poor family, is teased and fabricates this story that she has 100 dresses in her closet. The teasing becomes so terrible that Wanda’s parents remove her from the school, all the while she wins a drawing contest that highlights her amazing talent, a talent that also awes the classroom bullies.
o Evaluation: The theme of being faced with and overcoming adversity is prominent throughout this story. Also, the occurrence of bullying is something that makes this book relatable and a learning source for many school-aged children.
o Target audience: 2nd-3rd grades
o Connection to classroom: I would use this text when discussing bullying and feelings.

CC Standards: RL.2.3 Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

Classification: Theme Bin 1: Overcoming adversity/facing challenges
  Nall0705 | Dec 1, 2014 |
Wanda Petoski is a weird little girl who says she has 100 dresses all lined up in her closet. soon every on learns tat she really does have one hundred dresses all lined up in her closet. Wanda submits her dresses for the art contest because they where pictures. ( )
  tesia.rose3 | Nov 12, 2014 |
This book is fantastic. It is about a young polish girl, Wanda whose family is very poor so she wear the same dress everyday to school, but says she has a hundred dresses at home because of this the other girls make fun of her. The story goes on to show the regret of one of the girls who had teased Wanda, after Wanda moves away. I think that in the right setting this book can be used to approach the subject of bullying and standing up for other people. A class discussion on the topic could easily begin after a read aloud and I think it would be especially good for young girls. Also, an art project can come from this book, something along the lines of "a hundred... dresses, cats, hats, etc." Something that allows students to create and design! This was a great book that really had an insightful and meaningful message. ( )
  LizeGarber | Nov 3, 2014 |
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  mshampson | Oct 15, 2014 |
Wanda Petroski is a polish girl who is very quiet and sits in the back corner of the class room. One day she tells Peggy and the other girls she has one hundred dresses lined up in her closet. They do not believe her because she always wears the same blue dress to school every day. This causes the other girls to make fun of her.
The “Hundred Dresses” has great lessons on human nature. I enjoyed reading this book. In today’s society we will call this bullying or mean girls. It teaches about forgiveness, friendship, and standing up for other people. It is a great book for any age to read. It is a Newbery winner and the watercolor illustrates are beautiful. It takes place at school and on the way to school. It is told from the perspective of Wanda’s classmates.
I would have the children write a letter to someone in the class or school that they said mean things to, or failed to defend them when they were bullied. I would also have the students draw pictures of a dresses or motor boat like in the book.
  embarnes | Jun 22, 2014 |
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Eleanor Estesprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Alemagna, BeatriceIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Estes, HelenaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Slobodkin, LouisIllustratorsecondary 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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0152052607, Paperback)

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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