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Maddie, a girl who had stood by while Wanda was taunted about her dresses, feels sick inside: "True, she had not enjoyed listening to Peggy ask Wanda how many dresses she had in her closet, but she had said nothing.... She was a coward.... She had helped to make someone so unhappy that she had had to move away from town." Repentant, Maddie and her friend Peggy head up to Boggins Heights to see if the Petronskis are still there. When they discover the house is empty, Maddie despairs: "Nothing would ever seem good to her again, because just when she was about to enjoy something--like going for a hike with Peggy to look for bayberries or sliding down Barley Hill--she'd bump right smack into the thought that she had made Wanda Petronski move away." Ouch. This gentle Newbery Honor Book convincingly captures the deeply felt moral dilemmas of childhood, equally poignant for the teased or the tormentor. Louis Slobodkin, illustrator of the 1944 Caldecott Medalist Many Moons, brings his wispy, evocative, color-washed sketches to Eleanor Estes's time-proven classic about kindness, compassion, and standing up for what's right. (Ages 6 and older) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Bought this for my niece for her 9th birthday. My niece is part Polish and her name is Maddie. I read this book in about 20 minutes. Such a wonderful story!Published 3 days ago by Jo Jo Williams
Every person from 5 to 100 should read this book or have it read to them. It would make a great reader's theatre in every school, no matter the grade level.
Considering the current buzz about bullying, one might think it is a current issue. Estes' book shows that it is not. Read morePublished 16 days ago by empress8411
This was my favorite book as a young girl. I'm glad to have a copy of it again. I still love it. This story speaks volumes to how we treat each other in this big ole crazy world. Read morePublished 29 days ago by K. Partin
Great read. The terrible effects of bullying is clearly brought out in the story.Published 1 month ago by Sharon Marriott
cute, but also poignant....something we can all relate to, from both sides of the coin!Published 1 month ago by Miriam de Schweinitz
It is obvious that Wanda Petronski is poor. She wears the same faded blue dress to school every day. EVERY day. Read morePublished 1 month ago by James Charnock