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The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
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Sep 15, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: contemporary, juvenile
Read in September, 2011

Wanda Petronski only had one dress. Everyone in school knew it, because she wore the same dress every, single day. So when Wanda told the girls that she had one hundred dresses, all types, all colors, all lined up in her closet...well, they made fun of her. Of course they did. But when Wanda's family moved away suddenly, leaving only a note about how no one in the big city would make fun of their name, some of the girls in her class start to feel bad. Really bad. And then Wanda teaches them a surprising, but very valuable lesson.

What a sweet book. Short, and yes, there's a valuable lesson here, but not one that the author actually comes out and tells--it's subtle, and for many children, it would slip into their consciences more or less unnoticed. It's not at all didactic. There's just exactly as many words here as there should be, and the pictures are striking and fit in seamlessly with the text.

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