The Hundred Dresses, by Eleanor Estes, is a book about a girl named Wanda who is poor and two other girls named Peggie and Maddie. She wears the same old, faded, blue dress, but she tells everybody that she has a hundred dresses all lined up in her closet and she only wears them for parties. Nobody really believes her. Here is part of the story:
"Hey Wanda!" Peggie would say. "How many Dresses did you say you had?"
"A hundred all lined up." said Wanda then her thin lips drew together in silence.
"What are they like? All silk I bet."
"Yeah. All silk all colors."
"Yeah. A hundred dresses. All lined up in my closet.
I am not going to tell you if she does have a hundred dresses or not, but if you want to find out look it up in the library. It's only 78 pages long. Here is another part from the story.
Peggie would ask, "How many shoes did you say you had?"
"Sixty shoes, or, sixty pairs of shoes?"
"Sixty pairs all lined up in my closet."
"Yesterday you said you had fifty!"
"Yeah. Now I have sixty."
It is a really great story about being yourself, and not worrying about what other people think. Enjoy reading it!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
The Hundred Dresses
I am a 17-year-old homeschooler, author, daydreamer, voracious reader, introvert, feminist, klutz, fangirl, and overuser of tape. I love the impossible (which might explain my obsessions with fantasy novels and Harry Potter) but I dip into the real world . . . occasionally. I tend to get overly emotional over my OTPs and eat sushi or listen to Taylor Swift to soothe the pain. If all else fails, reruns of “Doctor Who” or “Supernatural” is sure to help. I’m a big fan of mismatched socks, Cheez-Its, and bittersweet endings. I believe anything Rainbow Rowell, Felicia Day, or Lin-Manuel Miranda touches turns to gold. If you want to win the way to my heart, help me adopt a baby elephant. Or a llama. Or both. I write to survive and will often yell at my characters if they aren’t behaving, which is always. It doesn’t usually help. I am a contributor to the "Fauxpocalypse" anthology. You can follow me on Twitter at @Magic_Violinist.