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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.
This book is a childhood favorite of mine. I purchased this book for a friend of my daughter's for her 9 th birthday. It has a wonderful object lesson about jealously and bullying. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Carole L. Martin
Beautiful sentiment, but not great writing. Good read for youth though.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great message for my 9 year old daughter. This story helps everyone understand the importance of being kind to everyone.Published 7 days ago by 7larsens
Wonderful book. Deals with bully issues among 9-12 year old girls. Love the ending.Published 1 month ago by How and Jean
Greatest book I have ever read so far in my life that is not a Roald Dahl book. I liked it because it taught you that you should not make fun of other people no matter what.Published 1 month ago by wayne syn
Awesome book! I bought 9 copies to use for a mother-daughter book club over the summer months. An easy read with LOTS of opportunities to stop and discuss classic issues that... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Catherine Campbell
Darling story of a little Polish girl in a small town who tells the other girls she has a hundred dresses in order to fit in. Read morePublished 1 month ago by K. Spangler
This is a classic and must-read for all ages, in case you missed it when you were young!
Great to read aloud, and discuss the widespread problem of teasing.