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The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

Book Summary

Wanda doesn't say much at school, but one day she tells the girls that she has one hundred dresses at home.  It's hard for the girls to believe this, since Wanda always wears the same dress to school.  Some of them tease her, a little, since she can't be telling the truth.  What's the real story behind Wanda's hundred dresses?

The Hundred Dresses book cover
The Hundred Dresses

Book Review

This book is a great way to open up discussions about bullying from the point of view of the victim, the bully, and the bystanders. 

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Wanda didn't have any friends.
She came to school alone and went home alone.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Bullying
  • School Relationships
  • Poverty
  • Talented Artist
  • Being Open-Minded
  • New Students to School; English Language Learners

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

**Questions coming soon**

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