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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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The Hundred Dresses is about a girl named Wanda Petronski who is poor but claims she has one hundred dresses. Every day the girls ask Wanda how many dresses she has and it becomes a game for the girls. Each day Wanda says one hundred but the girls still ask her every day. But one day their teacher announces a drawing contest and for the girls it is dresses. And Wanda draws one hundred dresses. I really liked this book because I didn't know if I believed Wanda until I kept reading on. The author also did a great job of drawing me in. I reccomend this book to people who like clothes. ( )
  AnnabelN8 | Oct 27, 2015 |
I really liked the way that this book paints the picture of a school bullying situation in a way that shows the complexities of each role, the perpetrator, the victim and the bystander. I love that parallels are drawn between both the bystander and the perpetrator as well as the bystander and the victim to show that each of these roles is complex in nature. Also, for Maddie the bystander, her friend's bullying of Wanda weighs heavily on her conscience as she recognizes and is troubles by these parallels. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I think it could be a really great read for upper elementary school kids, especially girls, in order to have them think about the ways their actions effect others prior to entering middle school. I also enjoyed the illustrations and the fact that, within these illustrations, all of the characters are kept faceless to show that anyone can be in any of the roles portrayed. ( )
  alaina.loescher | Aug 11, 2015 |
This Newberry Honor book was first published in 1944 it's timeless themes bring light to the guilt and harm that occurs when making judgements on others. It is a book perfect for creating an anti -bullying identity safe classroom that both boys as well as girls will come to love in intermediate grades. ( )
  emaloney5 | Jun 10, 2015 |
This book is about a girl named Wanda who wishes she was wealthier than the other girls. This takes place most of the time at school where Wanda goes to school. In the begging Maddie and Peggy and other kids pick on her. They tease her and Wanda says she has a hundred dresses. Wanda leaves and Maddie and Peggy try to make her come back and be nice. I did not like this book because Wanda never came back and it did not have a great story. I would recommend you to not read this book because it also was not very exiting from my point of view. ( )
  Karra.MCDS | May 25, 2015 |
This is a book about a Polish girl named Wanda who goes to school in Connecticut. Wanda wears the same dress every day to school. Many people tease her for it, and Wanda comes back saying she actually has a hundred dresses at her house. Wanda’s classmates do not believe her, and continue bullying her about her one dress. Eventually, the bullying is too much for Wanda to handle, and she is pulled out of school. After the class learns about Wanda leaving, one girl, Maddie, decides she should have done more, and makes a commitment to put a stop to bullying next time.

This book shows students how important is to speak up about bullying. The book uses the character Maddie to express the importance of standing up for classmates when you know it is the right thing to do. This is a great book to use, because it allows the students to see the effects of bullying, and how some students cannot help or change what they are being bullied about.

Reading Level: 5.4
Genre: Realistic Fiction
  rdg301library | May 24, 2015 |
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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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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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