The Hundred Dresses

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004 - Juvenile Fiction - 80 pages
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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 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.

 

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User Review  - jennybeast - LibraryThing

Ok, so the story's about kid-bullying and shaming poor children, and about being a kid and becoming aware of this behavior. I'm not sure I liked the message, though, because while Maddie seemed to ... Read full review

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I don't have much to add to the online reviews and blurbs. It was an excellent story about childhood and ethical awakening, without being religous-based or preachy. The Depression time period of the ... Read full review

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Contents

Wanda
2
A Bright Blue Day
19
The Contest
34
Up on Boggins Heights
51
The Letter to Room 13
64
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Eleanor Estes (1906-1988) grew up in West Haven, Connecticut, which she renamed Cranbury for her classic stories about the Moffat and Pye families. A children's librarian for many years, she launched her writing career with the publication of The Moffats in 1941. Two of her outstanding books about the Moffats- Rufus M. and The Middle Moffat -were awarded Newbery Honors, as was her short novel The Hundred Dresses. She won the Newbery Medal for Ginger Pye.


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