The Hundred Dresses

Title: The Hundred Dresses -Newberry Honor Book

Bibliography: Estes, E. (2004). The Hundred Dresses. New York: Scholastic Press.

Short Annotation: Wanda wears the same faded blue dress every day to school, although she claims to have 100 more beautiful dresses. None of the girls in her class believe her and all begin to tease her. Although going along with the teasing, a girl named Maddie in the class knows it’s wrong but can’t come up with the courage to speak up for Wanda. Soon enough, Wanda is pulled from the class and all of the girls realize they were wrong in teasing their classmate and Maddie decides to from then on, speak up rather than say nothing.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: K-4

Readers who will like this book: Children who deal with bullying

Personal response and rating: I have always wanted to read this book and I’m glad I finally got the chance. In my opinion, it brought up a subject of bullying which will always be relevant. I thought the not-so-happy ending was very effective, in the sense that being mean is something you will regret and may not be able to take back, although I thought it was a little depressing too. Rating: 3

Question: What does a bully do? How do you think you’d feel if you were being bullied?

Reading Strategy Connection:

a. Reading strategy: Quick Writes

b: This strategy involves letting students explore a topic by responding to a specific question.

c: I think this strategy would work with this book because students could be prompted to answer how they would feel if they were being bullied and possibly give a scenario when they saw something happening that they felt was wrong and either spoke up or didn’t and wish they would have.


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