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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:Harcourt Children's Books (2004), Hardcover, 96 pages
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The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes (1944)


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Picture book. This was a very powerful story about a girl who was bullied by her classmates everyday for her name and because she said she had a hundred dressed even though she did not. The bullying became so much that Wanda, the girl who was bullied, and her father moved to another city. But despite all the bullying Wanda endured she still had forgiveness in her heart, and those hundred dresses she had said she had, they were drawings and in each of the drawings she had put her classmates in each of those dresses. ( )
  Nick1009 | Dec 2, 2018 |
This book is about a young girl named Wanda and how she is bullied. She tells the girls on the playground that she has 100 dresses in her closet at home even though she wears the same dress to school everyday. The girls make a game out of it and tease her. Wanda ends up leaving the school and her dad sends a note explaining that they left because she was being bullied for talking funny. She ends up winning a drawing contest and sending the drawings to the girls who bullied her and then they felt bad.

To be honest I didn't love this book. I thought the message of anti-bullying was written well but the story was just kind of confusing. I don't remember hearing anything about her talking funny but yet that's the reason she leaves school. Also the end is kinda left open to interpretation. I probably wouldn't read it again, maybe just to out of date for me.
  Hayleykeyser | Nov 29, 2018 |
In the book, a young Polish girl is bullied in school after moving to Connecticut because she is constantly wearing only one dress. The other girls in her class mock her because of this and the fact that she has a funny last name. The Polish girl, Wanda, tells the other girls that she actually has one hundred dresses at home, which almost makes her get bullied more. After Wanda and her family move away, after winning a drawing contest at school, because she was bullied so much, the school receives a letter explaining why Wanda and her family moved. The girls learned that Wanda moved because people were being so unkind to her, and unfortunately they did not have a chance to apologize and ask for forgiveness. This book is written in a simple way that readers from all ages are able to understand. The message in the story is still veery relevant today, that it is not nice to bully people because of what they wear and that you cannot wait to apologize and make things right after it is too late. ( )
  brittburditt | Nov 24, 2018 |
A very powerful story about bullying and forgiveness. This poor girl gets bullied for telling some girls that she had one hundred dresses in her closet and the other girls laugh because she always wears the same dress. Towards the end of the book, her family and herself flee the town and move to a different town and write a letter to the teacher/class telling them why they moved away. Two of the main girls that bullied her go looking for her and want to ask for forgiveness, but they do not find her. When she moves away, she still enters a contest that the class is having of who can draw the best dress, and she send in one hundred different drawings of dresses. In the letter she write to the teacher that she would like each of the girls to have one of the drawings.

Very strong book that shows that you should always stand up if you think something is wrong and also it gives a strong message about forgiveness.
  pitaaortiz | Oct 15, 2018 |
This book is about a young girl named Wanda Petronski, Maddie, and Peg and their relationship evolution with each other. Wanda is poor and has a "weird last name". She wears the same dress every day to school but tells the children that she has 100 dresses. Peg starts a "game" that essentially taunts Wanda about the dresses. Maddie feels that this is unkind but does not do anything to stop it. Turns out Wanda is an excellent artist and has drawn 100 beautiful dresses and moves away from the town because their family was made fun of a lot. The girls feel terrible and attempt to make amends. This book could be used in a bullying lesson or forgiveness lesson. It was simply written and not the most exciting nor interesting but has a nice message. ( )
  JennySkvarna | Oct 9, 2018 |
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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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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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