The Hundred Dresses

Author(s) Eleanor Estes
Illustrator(s) Louis Slobodkin
Age Group 6-10
Publisher Voyager Books
ISBN 978-0156423502
Year 1974


Wanda Petronski is a Polish girl in a Connecticut school who is ridiculed by her classmates for wearing the same faded blue dress every day. Wanda claims she has one hundred dresses at home, but everyone knows she doesn’t and bullies her mercilessly. The class feels terrible when Wanda is pulled out of the school, but by that time it’s too late for apologies. Maddie, one of Wanda’s classmates, ultimately decides that she is "never going to stand by and say nothing again."