The Hundred Dresses

by Eleanor Estes (Author) Louis Slobodkin (Illustrator)

The Hundred Dresses
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

A 1945 Newbery Honor Book

Eleanor Estes's The Hundred Dresses won a Newbery Honor in 1945 and has never been out of print since. 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." This powerful, timeless story has been reissued with a new letter from the author's daughter Helena Estes, and with the Caldecott artist Louis Slobodkin's original artwork in beautifully restored color.

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Publishers Weekly

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. Copyright 2004 Publishers Weekly Used with permission.

Review quotes

"Sensitive, intuitive, restrained . . . will take its place with the books that endure."—Saturday Review

"Written with rare intuition and pictured with warm sympathy and charm."—The Horn Book

"No young person . . . will ever forget it."—Book Week

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Clarion Books
Publication date
September 20, 2004
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV007000 - Juvenile Fiction | Classics
JUV039120 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Prejudice & Racism
Library of Congress categories
Polish Americans
Newbery Honor Book

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