Review: The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

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Category: 6-8 Reader

Published: 1944

Read: January 2016

Score: 4/5

Synopsis: (Goodreads) 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.”

Review: This is a very quick and easy read and great for kids. It has a good message and is a beautiful little story about compassion, kindness and acceptance.

imagesIt’s about Wanda and how she tells everyone she owns 100 dresses and at the time this is unheard of as she is poor. The other girls make fun of her for telling such a fib. This story is told from the point of view of Maddie and how she feels bad for making fun of Wanda and when Wanda moves away Maddie vows to never make fun of anyone again.

This is a very fast read as it’s for the age group 6-8. It’s a good beginner book and feels more like a novel for them instead of a big word picture book. It’s been around for ever and is considered a classic but what I love about classics are the fact that the message still resonates today.

There are some illustrations and they are simple and well done. They give a little something to the story. This would be a great gift for girls as  boys might not like the “dresses” aspect of the story.

Overall a cute read and I can see why it has stayed such a classic.

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