Saturday, March 5, 2016

The Hundred Dresses

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes was a 1945 Newbery Honor Award book.

This is a story about a poor, young, Polish-American girl named Wanda. She gets teased by her classmates who think she's lying about having one hundred beautiful dresses at home because she only wears one blue dress to school.

Each day they like to play this "game" where they ask her about her 100 dresses. They tease her, and yet Wanda doesn't defend herself.

Wanda enters an art contest and submits 100 drawings of 100 dresses. When the classmates figure out she wasn't in fact lying, they just didn't understand her dresses were drawings, Wanda and her family had moved out of town. They moved away because of all of the teasing. Now her classmates want to make things right, but it's too late. Wanda eventually writes a letter to the teacher asking her to give some of the drawings to some of her classmates. Wanda actually drew her classmates in the drawings, and when her classmates found out, they treasure their drawings and the lessons they learned about teasing. 

I highly recommend this to young children.