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The Hundred Dresses

The Hundred Dresses

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by Eleanor Estes, Louis Slobodkin
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Sensitive, intuitive, restrained . . . will take its place with the books that endure."—Saturday Review

"Written with rare intuition and pictured with warm sympathy and charm."—The Horn Book

"No young person . . . will ever forget it."—Book Week

Publishers Weekly
Classic titles return in time for the gift-giving season. For a new generation of readers, Eleanor Estes's long-treasured title, The Hundred Dresses (1944), illus. by Louis Slobodkin, appears in its 60th anniversary finery with newly "restored color" in the artwork. Wanda faces mockery at school, both because of her "funny" last name (Petron-ski) and her claims that she has 100 dresses at home even though she wears the same one to school each day. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
A classic children's small novel, this book has been reissued and consequently, more children will know the story of Wanda Petronski and her claim of having a hundred dresses "all lined up in my closet." Wanda is the girl who lives with her father and brother in the part of town described as no place to live. She wears the same dress to school every day and has a last name unlike the other children in the class. The story of Wanda and her hundred dresses is really Maddie's story as she relates how she and friend Peggy wait for Wanda on the way to school, "to have fun with her." This eerie phrase is written three times before the teasing game is described in chapter two. The structure of the story begins with Wanda's absence from school, flashes to the past to recount how Wanda was treated by the school children, and then returns to the present as Maddie and Peggy work to make amends. Maddie's inner thoughts make up much of the book as she wrestles with her guilt and is conflicted by her fondness for friend Peggy. Maddie realizes how easy it would be to find herself as the next object of derision. She helps the reader consider the consequences of not standing up against wrongs as it becomes apparent to all that Wanda is a unique and generous person. Written in 1944, Estes may have given the children of that time a view of prejudice, but Maddie's growth in compassion is a major lesson of the book. It is a Newbery Honor book worthy of a reissue. The language of the book is terse yet engaging, the soft illustrations provide suggested images and mood, and the theme is as meaningful today as it was 60 years ago. A letter to readers by the author's daughter is a perfect introduction to thereissue. 2004 (orig. 1944), Harcourt. Ages 6 to 10.
—Jacki Vawter, Ph.D.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152052607
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Edition description:
1-Simul
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
23,764
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 8.37(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile:
870L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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From the Publisher
"Will take its place with the books that endure."—Saturday Review

"Written with rare intuition and pictured with warm sympathy and charm."—The Horn Book

"No young person . . . will ever forget it."—Book Week

Meet the Author

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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