The Hundred Dresses

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Wanda wears the same faded blue dress to school every day -- yet she says she has one hundred beautiful dresses at home, "all lined up." The other girls don't believe it, and when Peggy starts a daily game of teasing Wanda about the hundred dresses, everyone joins in. Maddie, Peggy's best friend, goes along with the game, but she secretly wonders whether she can find the courage to speak up in Wanda's defense. It's not until Wanda fails to come to school one day that her classmates learn the truth about the ...
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Wanda wears the same faded blue dress to school every day -- yet she says she has one hundred beautiful dresses at home, "all lined up." The other girls don't believe it, and when Peggy starts a daily game of teasing Wanda about the hundred dresses, everyone joins in. Maddie, Peggy's best friend, goes along with the game, but she secretly wonders whether she can find the courage to speak up in Wanda's defense. It's not until Wanda fails to come to school one day that her classmates learn the truth about the hundred dresses -- and Maddie and Peggy learn the meaning of kindness and generosity of spirit. Eleanor Estes's heartfelt story, a Newbery Honor Book and a beloved classic for more than sixty years, offers readers of all ages a timeless message of compassion and understanding.

In winning a medal she is no longer there to receive, a tight-lipped little Polish girl teaches her classmates a lesson. Includes a note from the author's daughter, Helena Estes.

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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.
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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.
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"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156423502
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/17/1974
  • Series: Voyager Books Series
  • Pages: 88
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 8.38 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Meet the Author

ELEANOR ESTES (1906-1988), a children's librarian for many years, launched her writing career with the publication of The Moffats in 1941.

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Table of Contents

Wanda 2
The Dresses Game 8
A Bright Blue Day 19
The Contest 34
The Hundred Dresses 40
Up on Boggins Heights 51
The Letter to Room 13 64
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2010

    Great read!

    My daughter of 9 and 1/2 years picked this book up and read it twice within 2 weeks. She loves to read, but really liked this particular story. Great for fun reading, with the additional bonus of a lesson--Not just for Literature Reading!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    The Hundred Dresses is a wonderful story about growing up, of the differences between people, the decisions we all make every day...and how we feel about those decisions (and hw we learn from them).

    The story is timeless, though truly it resonates in today's troubled and sensitive times.<BR/><BR/>People are different, and circumstances are different...but people, especially children, are many times cruel in their communications and relationships. <BR/><BR/>This story tells of the emotional thinking activities of a young girl in relation to her peers and to a clearly underpriveledged child in her classroom. The girl wonders why one girl wears the same clothes every day, tries to fit in but does not, takes on the almost daily riducule of other girls...and then tells what appears to be a monsterous lie.<BR/><BR/>When she stops attending class, she wonders what happened, realizes she was part of the crown of people who did not accept her, and she begins to question her actions and emotions, along with questioning her friend's behavior and actions.<BR/><BR/>The author is honest with her characters (there is no tremendous "rabbit of the hat" change in behavior) and life...the books ends with a satisfying acceptance of things, but also a satisfying acceptance of changed beliefs and some understanding.<BR/><BR/>What a great read, the book has been read a number of times in our household, and out loud too.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2008

    I'm 30yrs old and still remember this book fondly

    I read this book when I was in about 3rd grade and it really touched me, so much that I still remember it to this day. I remember it upsetting me deeply as a child that Wanda was bullied and it made me think twice about bullying my friends (i was a huge bully in elementary school!). I carried the lesson with me for many years, not to judge people or be mean because you don't know their circumstances or what they might be going through. It is a great book for young girls to read, who can be so cruel to each other. I read this book in the classroom as a group activity and we had a discussion about it for several days afterwards.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Hundred Dresses scores a Perfect 100!

    The book, The Hundred Dresses, is a book that can communicate with girls who think they don't fit in at school. It teaches a valuable lesson to those who read it and find themselves in a situation where they might be inclined to judge someone who is different that themselves. The characters are well developed, and the story is a compelling short read for the young reader.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2010

    Great read!

    I brought this book because I wanted my daughter to understand that not everyone is the same. However, everyone deserves to be treated with respect. She is having some difficulty with making friends because she is very opinionated and can be "cocky" at times. I thought this book provides the right type of lesson in compassion for others. In addition, expresses how each side of the issue can and should be addressed by the characters. I really enjoyed reading this book with my daughter.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2009

    A must read for all school-aged kids 5-18!

    Makes you examine yourself and makes you wonder how you and your kids would act in that situation. Do you act, react or do nothing at all? Do we have integrity and courage or not?

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2010

    I read this to my students every year.

    I am a 1st grade teacher. I skip two sentences that refer to Wanda as dumb. But I do read this story to my students. We do a lesson about our different heritage, and talk about the fact that we come from different continents and different countries but are one class, one team because we follow the golden rule and respect each other. We also design 100 dresses, using five different mediums. Excellent reading from my stand point because it is at about 6-7 that children's eyes start opening up to differences, and we, as the adults responsible for the future (children) must let them know that it is okay to be different. It is not okay to be mean or make assumptions about people because of the way they dress, look, sound or because of the name they have. Luckily, this is not too difficult fro me because my kids have a tough time learning my first name!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2010

    A childhood favorite passed on

    I purchased this for my daughter as a bookclub read. It was a favorite of mine in middle school literature and I was glad to see schools still use it.

    The story is still as moving. The lessons subtly taught. The characters still as vibrantly real.

    The message in this story has never been more appropriate or applied more than on today's young children. In the age of haves and have nots and status symbols, this story continues to shine.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

    The Hundred Dresses, A lesson for today

    This is a lovely book. I truly appreciated the message. It is especially good in these economic times for children to learn the lessons taught in this book. I liked that the narrator is torn about her feelings, as most of us would be in the situation presented in this story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2009

    Timeless Story with insight in today's global world

    The universal story of differences among people and prejudice is timeless and very necessary to probe and understand it in our shrinking global world. Children today still have to live under the shadow of our familial, cultural and national prejudices. This touching story is a triumph of the human heart revealing the true meaning of forgiveness- treating one as if the hatred and bigotry never happened. Although a children's story, it is equally thought provoking for adults as well. Glad that I remembered reading this with my daughter and now share it with my granddaughter, passing this story on for the generations.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

    A great book with a great lesson

    This is a a great book with a great lesson for young girls. It is a great message for everyone!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2008

    hundred dresses ROCKS

    I love The Hundred Dresses! The tale of the book is amazing. I would recommend this wonderful book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2008

    Fond memories

    I read this book in fifth grade and adored it. Perhaps it was because my mother made all my clothes, and I was sometimes perceived by classmates as not being quite 'with it.' And while I'm not sure how well it would hold up in today's fast-paced world, I can attest to having read it at least five times in that fifth grade year. I'm glad to see it's still being published.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2007

    The hundred dresses-BR

    The title of this book is 'The hundred dresses' it is by Eleanor Estes. I give it four stars. I give this four stars because it is good but not great. This story lacks some things such as a good plot. It is not very interesting. This book gets boring after you get to the middle. It is about a girl named wanda who claims she has 100 dresses in her closet. All of the girls at school doubt and tease her. When Wanda moves to another town everybody is sad. They feel disappointed that they made fun of her. Before wana p. left there was a dress drawing contest for the girls. Wanda ended up winning and now the girls knew that when she said she had 100 dresses she was not lying. She did have one hundred drawings of dresses. Other titles i reccomend are cathrine called birdy, charlie bone, the blueford series, and so you want to be a wizard. I am a 7th grader in middle school and i love to read. i suggest you read this book if you have extra time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2007

    Everyone should take the time

    What an outstanding story line. Every elementary age child should have the story read to them. What a great story line about how to treat others and self reflection. This is a great story, great learning tool and it's an easy, quick read!! A Must!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2007

    love this book!

    i remember reading this book in elementary and i loved it. it was a beautiful story. i had compeletly forgotten about it until i just saw it now on this website but i remember how muched i loved it. the ending is not what you expect. i assure you that you would love this book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2005

    Even now I still cry

    I read this book as a child and still I remember the impact it had on my life. I was a immigrant child. It taught me to stand up for myself and others. A lesson I live with everyday. A must for all children and in particular girls.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2004

    I Missed This Book!!!

    I remember this book in 2nd-grade, when my teacher would read it to me and I'll read it again and again...b/c of this I still treasure this book with care...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2003

    Lost and Found

    After 11 years of not seeing this book, a professor gave me this. I was overjoyed. This book was read to my class and I as a child in elementary school and I read it again after receiving it. It still taught me the same lesson about children teasing each other and the differences in kids. A sweet story. Not exciting but definitely a quick read that everyone should read - especially a teacher.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2002

    The Best Childrens Book Ever!!!

    This book was read to me by my fourth grade teacher almost eleven years ago. I am purchasing this book for my future children. This book teaches so much and it definitly sticks with you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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