The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
Narrated by Christina Moore
Newbery Honor Book
Listening Length: 54 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Publisher: Recorded Books
Audible.com Release Date: October 22, 2008
Never out of print since its 1944 publication, this tender story offers readers of all ages a timeless message of compassion and understanding. At its heart is Wanda Petronski, an immigrant girl in an American school, who is ridiculed for wearing the same faded blue dress every day. When she tells her classmates that she has one hundred dresses at home, she unwittingly triggers a game of teasing that eventually ends in a lesson for all.
In restoring the reproduction of Louis Slobodkin’s artwork, this new edition recaptures the original vivid color. And to celebrate the book’s enhanced beauty, Helena Estes, the daughter of the author, has written a new letter to readers about the true story behind The Hundred Dresses.
I didn’t remember ever hearing about this before seeing it online, but have since learned that it was required reading in many elementary schools.
The book is really short, but it’s full of lessons every child should learn, like bullying or making fun of someone is not acceptable, and that if you see/hear anyone bullying someone you should say stand up for that person.
It also shows that even if you don’t believe what someone says, doesn’t mean it isn’t true. It may not be exactly the way it sounds, but still it could be true.
The book also shows how important forgiving someone is. It makes you feel so much better than holding a grudge.
I loved this book and think it should be required reading for young children. Most adults will probably love it too.