The Hundred Dresses
- Number of Pages: 96
- English (Unknown)
- English (Original Language)
- English (Published)
Eleanor Estes's The Hundred Dresses won a Newbery Honor in 1945 and has never been out of print considering that. ” This powerful, timeless story has been reissued in paperback with a new letter from the author's daughter Helena Estes, and with all the Caldecott artist Louis Slobodkin's original artwork in beautifully restored color. At the heart of the story is Wanda Petronski, a Polish girl inside a Connecticut school who is ridiculed by her classmates for wearing the identical faded blue dress each and every day. The class feels terrible when Wanda is pulled out from 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. Wanda claims she has one hundred dresses at home, but everyone knows she doesn't and bullies her mercilessly.
Wanda Petronski lives way up in shabby Boggins Heights, and she doesn't have any friends. Every day she wears a faded blue dress, which wouldn't be too considerably of a problem if she didn't tell her schoolmates that she had a hundred dresses at home--all silk, all colors, and velvet, too. No more ask why funny name. One day, after Wanda has been absent from school for a couple of days, the teacher receives a note from Wanda's father, a Polish immigrant:"Dear teacher: My Wanda will not come to your school any more. Now we move away to big city. Jake also."This lie--albeit understandable in light of her dress-obsessed circle--precipitates peals of laughter from her peers, and she never hears the end of it. Yours truly, Jan Petronski. Plenty of funny names inside the big city. No much more holler Polack.
Maddie, a girl who had stood by while Wanda was taunted about her dresses, feels sick inside:"True, she had not enjoyed listening to Peggy ask Wanda how many dresses she had in her closet, but she had said absolutely nothing. This gentle Newbery Honor Book convincingly captures the deeply felt moral dilemmas of childhood, equally poignant for the teased or the tormentor. (Ages 6 and older) --Karin Snelson"Ouch. Louis Slobodkin, illustrator with the 1944 Caldecott Medalist Many Moons, brings his wispy, evocative, color-washed sketches to Eleanor Estes's time-proven classic about kindness, compassion, and standing up for what's right. She was a coward."Repentant, Maddie and her friend Peggy head up to Boggins Heights to see if the Petronskis are nevertheless there. When they discover the property is empty, Maddie despairs:"Nothing would ever seem excellent to her again, due to the reality just when she was about to enjoy something--like going for a hike with Peggy to appear for bayberries or sliding down Barley Hill--she'd bump right smack into the believed that she had developed Wanda Petronski move away. She had helped to create someone so unhappy that she had had to move away from town.
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