The Hundred Dresses

by Eleanor Estes

The Hundred Dresses

Paperback, 80 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, List Price: $7 | purchase

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A poignant tale of bullies and bystanders, The Hundred Dresses tells the story of Wanda Petronski, a Polish schoolgirl whose classmates tease her for wearing tattered clothes. The story, which is illustrated by Louis Slobodkin, was inspired by a little girl author Eleanor Estes remembered from her own childhood who was picked on by other kids.

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The Hundred Dresses, a children's classic written in 1944 by Eleanor Estes, is about Wanda Petronski, a Polish schoolgirl whose classmates tease her for wearing tattered clothes. The story was inspired by a little girl Estes remembered from her own childhood who was picked on by other kids. Over six decades, The Hundred Dresses has touched millions of kids with its poignant tale of bullies and bystanders.

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