The Hundred Dresses Author:Eleanor Estes Wanda Petronski, a little Polish girl in an American school, is laughed at because she always wears a faded blue dress, until her classmates learn a lesson. “Sensitive, intuitive, restrained.”--Saturday Review
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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Horrible book. Shallow. Not edifying.
Popular girl & her cowardly,(because they know it's wrong and do nothing about it) pack of friends daily pick on a 'less than' other child. The victim takes their torment with great class. In the end the actions of the children who tease daily drive the girls family to move away. The antagonist girls feel bad...(kind of) and somehow it ends on a happy note...'We'll never do that again'. Totally discounting the lasting harm that was done. No true repentance or reconciliation. Reminded me of a well known children's Christian cartoon. 30 mins of teaching wrongs actions followed by 1 min of 'Now children...don't do that! I am glad I read this before my child did.