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The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

The Hundred Dresses (1944)

by Eleanor Estes

Other authors: Louis Slobodkin (Illustrator)

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This magnificently illustrated more-than-a-picture book manages to squeeze a story of cruelty, exclusion, talent, guilt, and empathy into 81-odd pages. Slobodkin's colored pencil illustrations are amazing, blurred yet clear, with color bringing out important scenes and details.

Maddie and Peggy, and the other girls tease Wanda because of her Polish last name, the one dress she wears every day, and the fact that she lives out of town. She stands up for herself, claiming to have 100 dresses at home. Maddie always feels nervous, as she too is poor and the cruelty bothers her--but she also fears losing her social standing as popular girl Peggy's best friend. After Wanda moves to the city, they find she did have 100 amazing dresses, drawn by herself. And Maddie learns that Peggy feels badly also. ( )
  Dreesie | Mar 15, 2019 |
This is a book that pulls at your heart strings. Girls can be mean to each other. This girl learns that you can't judge a girl by her cover. Every young girl should be required to read this book. ( )
  Karenzea | Feb 15, 2019 |
Wanda Petronski, a young Polish girl living in Connecticut, is ridiculed by her classmates for wearing the same dress every day. The bullying escalates after Wanda insists that she has one hundred dresses in her closet, all lined up in a row. Wanda and her family eventually move away; only then do her classmates realize the truth behind her claims and the importance of being kind to those who are different. Set in a bygone era, this book is useful for understanding early immigration issues in the United States and addresses themes of compassion, sensitivity, and equality. The author’s writing style and masterful use of description and imagery makes this a useful text in the language arts. ( )
  readergal4life | Jan 12, 2019 |
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.
1 vote Hayleykeyser | Nov 29, 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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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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