Tuesday, November 9, 2010

book talk tuesday

THE HUNDRED DRESSES by Eleanor Estes

IndieBound Description: 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.

My Thoughts
: Another classic! This is a lovely book and very powerful in a subtle, beautiful way. This is actually a story about regret and forgiveness, written in a way that a child can understand and relate to.

4 comments:

janet wong said...

I had meant to read this book for many years, but only got around to reading it recently. It would take a teacher less than a dozen 5-minute read-aloud sessions to share this with a classroom. Opened up for comments, it should spark engaging discussion about the role of the passive participant/observer of bullying. It's also about the little lies or misleading half-truths that slip out of our mouths (and how hard but necessary it is to correct these with the full truth later). I'm glad that you highlighted this book, Grace!

posse said...

Grace, I also love this book. Este's writing is such a wonderful example of "less is more". THE HUNDRED DRESSES was written over 60 years ago and the story remains relevant and inspiring. Thanks for posting!

Beach Mama said...

This book came in my daughter's homeschool curiculum Kindergarten last year. I had never read it beofre. I fell in love with this book! It is a timeless classic. With a message that is relevant even today.

Patty said...

Do you have all the Small Grace months available? I loved them!