The Hundred Dresses Author:Eleanor Estes Never out of print since its 1944 publication, this tender story offers readers of all ages a timeless message of compassion and understanding. At its heart is Wanda Petronski, an immigrant girl in an American school, who is ridiculed for wearing the same faded blue dress every day. When she tells her classmates that she has one hundred dresses ... more »at home, she unwittingly triggers a game of teasing that eventually ends in a lesson for all.
In restoring the reproduction of Louis Slobodkin's artwork, this new edition recaptures the original vivid color. And to celebrate the book's enhanced beauty, Helena Estes, the daughter of the author, has written a new letter to readers about the true story behind The Hundred Dresses.« less
This 79-page children's novel is part of the Sonlight curriculum for Kindergarten/1st grade. It is a story about two girls whose new classmate claims she has 100 dresses. The girls tease her about her claim, only to discover later that they were wrong. A great book for young girls to teach them to be kind to others, why other girls may brag, and why not to tease.
From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6-Friendship, peer pressure, regret, and courage are all issues that are integral to this Newbery Honor book by Eleanor Estes (Harcourt, 1944). Wanda Petronski tells classmates she has a hundred dresses of all varieties in her closet at home. So why does she always wear the same old worn dress to school? The teasing that follows seems harmless, but it's not. This book explores the hurt that comes from thoughtless words, and offers a painful, but heart-warming lesson in forgiveness. Christina Moore reads the unabridged story with warmth and expression. The author's carefully chosen words stand on their own without the distraction of sound effects or music. This is a well-done production of an exceptional book that has earned its place as a childhood classic.
Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA
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Wanda Petronski is that girl who doesn't quite fit in with her classmates. She wears her one clean, but shabby dress everyday, but describes the hundred dress she has at home. Th girls make fun of her, but learn a lesson when she moves away to the big city.
This book is a wonderful resource for a teacher or a parent. This is a great resource for a lesson on anti-bullying. Every teacher or parent of a child in 3rd-5th grade should have this book and others like it. If we don't teach children repsect for others, and tolerance who will?