The Hundred Dresses
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... show more
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 in paperback 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.
Publish date: September 1st 2004
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages no: 80
Edition language: English
, Realistic Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Middle Grade
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I must say how much I adore this book! It's subject matter is not easy to deal with. It focuses on bullying and racism, but it also shows how to forgive those who have done you wrong. To not end up bitter and hateful. I think this is a very influential book for everyone, not just children, and I bel...
A favorite from childhood: one of the few books that I read multiple times.
Sometimes you do horrible shit and nothing you say after will make it okay. That's a pretty lofty lesson to learn at such a young age. I love this book; it doesn't resolve everything with a nice little bow, but it still educates.
Wanda Petronski only had one dress. Everyone in school knew it, because she wore the same dress every, single day. So when Wanda told the girls that she had one hundred dresses, all types, all colors, all lined up in her closet...well, they made fun of her. Of course they did. But when Wanda's f...
This book should be read with an adult because the lessons it provides about good behavior and mutual respect are invaluable. It is simply written, the drawings are poignant and the language is not complicated.When my daughter asked me to read this lovely little story, she made the assumption that I...