A story about Wanda, who wore the same faded dress to school every day but claimed to have a hundred dresses at home. This tender and lovely story has beautiful full-color illustrations that brilliantly convey the feeling and overtones of the story. Newbery Honor Book.A story about Wanda, who wore the same faded dress to school every day but claimed to have a hundred dresses at home. This tender and lovely story has beautiful full-color illustrations that brilliantly convey the feeling and overtones of the story. Newbery Honor Book.Read Less
Children today are faced with the problem of peer pressure, just as they were when this book was first written. Wanda comes from a foreign country and does not own the wardrobe necessary to be accepted by her classmates. She is mercilessly ridiculed and teased by the other girls. Eleanor Estes skill is proven by her understated portrayal of Wanda which causes the reader to empathize with Wanda's plight. It is only after Wanda leaves and her book of 100 dresses is discovered that Wanda's profound artistic and imaginative nature are discovered. It is too late, however, because Wanda is gone, leaving her beautiful "dresses" as a legacy. This quiet book with its message of acceptance stays with the reader long after it is finished.
Publishers Weekly, 2004-07-19 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. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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