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Classic childhood favorites for first graders

Explore these seven timeless tales that offer lessons about compassion and friendship.

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The Hundred Dresses

The Hundred Dresses

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes, illustrated by Louis Slobodkin (Harcourt, Brace & World, 1970). $7.00.
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Is it ever too early to teach compassion? That's what this astounding and beautiful picture book aspires to do. When schoolchildren make fun of Wanda Petronski, both for her name and for the fact that she wears the same dress to school every day, Wanda begins to tell the tall tale that she has "one hundred dresses" at home. When the children learn the truth, they are given the chance for self-reflection. The lessons learned here will last your child a lifetime. 96 pages.

— Danielle Marshall and the Kids' Team at

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