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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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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 |
The Hundred Dresses was a touching story about a girl that wears the same dress to school everyday, but claims to have a hundred different ones in her closet at home. The story follows how she is teased by the girls at school and one girl begins to regret it. I really enjoyed this book and the interesting plot twist at the end. ( )
  kryoung1 | Apr 3, 2014 |
Decided to read some "kids" books/young adult this year.
Read as much as I could in grade school, but don't think there were as many books or as many lists to choose from in those days. Missed too many, so it's time to catch up a bit.
This book is so hauntingly current for today. Not overly wrought, but one that doesn't leave you and can be put into so many young and adult situations.
There's a play - not sure where I can find it - would like to. ( )
  CasaBooks | Mar 14, 2014 |
A quiet, unassuming little story that packs a powerful emotional punch. Both the storytelling and Slobodkin's illustrations are absolutely lovely ( )
  Turrean | Feb 15, 2014 |
"Eleanor Estes’s The Hundred Dresses won a Newbery Honor in 1945 and has never been out of print since. At the heart of the story is Wanda Petronski, a Polish girl in a Connecticut school who is ridiculed by her classmates for wearing the same faded blue dress every day. Wanda claims she has one hundred dresses at home, but everyone knows she doesn’t and bullies her mercilessly. The class feels terrible when Wanda is pulled out of the school, but by that time it’s too late for apologies. Maddie, one of Wanda’s classmates, ultimately decides that she is "never going to stand by and say nothing again." This powerful, timeless story has been reissued with a new letter from the author’s daughter Helena Estes, and with the Caldecott artist Louis Slobodkin’s original artwork in beautifully restored color." - Amazon
  kristynzonsius | Dec 3, 2013 |
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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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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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