By Eleanor Estes
Eleanor Estes’s The Hundred clothes won a Newbery Honor in 1945 and hasn't ever been out of print considering. on the center of the tale is Wanda Petronski, a Polish woman in a Connecticut university who's ridiculed through her classmates for donning an identical light blue costume each day. Wanda claims she has 100 attire at domestic, yet we all know she doesn’t and bullies her mercilessly. the category feels bad whilst Wanda is pulled out of the college, yet by way of that point it’s too past due for apologies. Maddie, one in all Wanda’s classmates, eventually comes to a decision that she is "never going to face through and say not anything again." This robust, undying tale has been reissued with a brand new letter from the author’s daughter Helena Estes, and with the Caldecott artist Louis Slobodkin’s unique art in superbly restored color.
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