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The Hundred Dresses

Estes, Eleanor (Book - 2004 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Estes, Eleanor, 1906-1988
Title: The hundred dresses
Publisher: Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, 2004
Characteristics: 80 p. :,col. ill. ;,21 cm
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Statement of Responsibility: Eleanor Estes ; illustrated by Louis Slobodkin
Summary: 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.
Awards & Distinctions: Newbery Honor Book, 1945
Additional Contributors: Slobodkin, Louis - 1903-1975,
Alternate Title: 100 dresses
ISBN: 0812455274
9780812455274
0152052607
9780152052607
9780152051709
0152051708
Branch Call Number: j ESTES 2004
Subject Headings: Friendship Juvenile fiction Polish Americans Juvenile fiction
Topical Term: Friendship
Polish Americans
LCCN: 2003057037
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Wanda, a girl in Maddie's class, wears the same dress every day, but claims she has a "hundred dresses" at home. Maddie feels bad about the way everyone teases Wanda, but does nothing.


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The small but troubling story unfolds at a measured pace, almost hypnotically, as it wraps its intense emotions around a blanket of comforting repetition and routines. There's ample fuel for family discussion after reading aloud, such as the contrast between the picked-on but generous Wanda and her embittered but defiant father. An introduction by the author's daughter describes the real-life origin of the story.

Apr 04, 2014
  • Heather Glenna Fortuny rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A very nice story. It helps kids to think of actions, inactions and consequences of both on themselves and others. Upon the insistence of my 4yr old and 6yr old, this somewhat long story was read in one sitting. There seemed to be a bit of suspense and intense feelings. My daughter empathized with the girl that was targeted in the story and says "I was glad when she xxxxxxx so the others could not pick on her.

Oct 30, 2013
  • Sidewinder88 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

My teacher read this book to me in elementary school, all these years later I still remember what a beautiful story it is and the lesson it teaches.

Oct 30, 2013
  • ggbookreader rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Kindness and generosity of spirit" - a quote from the The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes is what this story is all about. In this storyline we find a well developed theme and engaging characters, and the main lesson is delivered in a way that is easy to grasp. Eleanor Estes has a beautiful way of teaching acceptance of "new and different" people as well as how teasing can damage a person, and it may not be the person you think it is. This is worth while reading for youth as well as adults. :) :)

Jul 13, 2012
  • sldoug rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very sad, touching book. I look forward to hearing what my 9 year old thinks of it.

Apr 19, 2012
  • MissECE rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This story is beautiful!! My nine year old daughter and I read it together and loved it. It's a truly enlightening story about how it feels when you realize you have treated someone unkind.

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Jun 21, 2012
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