Monday, August 13, 2012

Book Review of The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

Name of Book: The Hundred Dresses

Author: Eleanor Estes

ISBN: 0-590-40400-8

Publisher: Scholastic

Type of book: Polish, different, artist, children's novel, bullying

Year it was published: 1944


"I've got a hundred dresses." Nobody can believe it- Wanda wears the same old blue dress every day. "A hundred dresses- all lined up!" If Wanda really does have a hundred dresses, she's certainly keeping them hidden...but why?


The characters do go through a change; Peggy was the active bully, while Maddie simply watched and didn't do anything about the bullying. However they are dynamic characters who seem to be ready to take responsibility for their actions.


Be careful of what you do.


The story is straight forward and its written from a third person narrative point of view, that of Maddie's. There is also a nice resolution as well, although the dress part did require suspension of belief.

Author Information:

May 09, 1906 in West Haven, Connecticut, The United States

July 15, 1988


Children's Books

About this author

Eleanor Ruth Rosenfeld (Estes)was an American children's author. She was born in West Haven, Connecticut as Eleanor Ruth Rosenfield. Originally a librarian, Estes' writing career began following a case of tuberculosis. Bedridden while recovering, Estes began writing down some of her childhood memories, which would later turn into full-length children's books.

Estes's book Ginger Pye (1951) won the Newbery Medal, and three of her other books (The Middle Moffat, Rufus M., and The Hundred Dresses) were chosen as Newbery Honor books. She also received the Certificate of Award for Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Literature and was nominated for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. By the time of her death at age 82, Estes had written 19 children's books and one novel for adults.


The book itself is only 79 pages long, but most of the pages are filled pictures and the font is big. I think the book has an interesting view of bullying, that is neither Maddie nor Peggy had any idea on how they were making Wanda feel by their words. Its easy reading by the way and shouldn't pose any difficulties for anyone.

3 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)


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