Friday, January 29, 2010

The Hundred Dresses


Happy Pink Saturday!


Something made me remember this book the other day, so I ordered it from Amazon. It came and it enchanted me once again. I read it the next morning and cried before school. Eleanor Estes tells a glorious story about forgiveness. The reader can't help but fall in love with the main character, Wanda Petronski. She is a poor little Polish girl, new at school, and the scapegoat for the other school children. I read it to my struggling readers and writers. We managed to read it from start to finish in fifty minutes. I tell you, they were captivated. These are city kids, tough and no nonsense. The story moved them (the boys, too!) and the images of the 100 dresses are poetic. I don't want to spoil the story for you but it is worth the $6.99. It is a true treasure. I thought of all the dresses we have in the basement, the remnants of many, many dress up dances for our girls. Birdie was over for dinner and when I told her about the box of dresses and Gran's picture taking plan, she agreed to help.

April (our daughter in love) wore this for her best friend's wedding

Kelli wore this to her first high school Homecoming dance

I wore this when I was a bridesmaid for my friend, Lori

Jenny wore this in my niece Amy's wedding

Kelli wore this to another Homecoming dance. It was a stressful evening. The pastie things that are supposed to take the place of a bra did NOT work and she was so sunburned from cheering at the Homecoming game, she hated all this itch! I liked it. I may have had a little too much input on this one.

My model wearing the ugly "mistake Crocs" we ordered and were too lazy to send back. We call them the Snow White shoes. Birdie took them home tonight.

Kelli's senior prom dress. Do you think my model is getting a little annoyed with this game?

The bridesmaid dresses for Brad and April's wedding

This dress had long gloves and a fancy wrap. Kelli wore it to the dance when her date got mono at the last minute and she had to call in for a back up date. He was a star and she had lots of fun!
Please read The Hundred Dresses. I promise your heart will warm up even more! Below, my cute pinkie at school allowed me to capture her constant pinkness.


She LOVES pink like you guys do!


We worked in our art journals at school and I decided to put the "go to the Dean" pass in the middle and pink the rest.
Happy Pink, my sweet Pink People! I think you should visit Cottontails Baby today. You'll love her cute Humphrey (a real nut-brown rabbit!) and HER! Also, go to Beverly's blog. She's the pink hostess with the mostest! Thanks for visiting and here are a few hugs and kisses!
xoxoxoxoxoxoxo
Pom Pom

Oh! This is my Flutter Fairy, perched on my shoulder! She's kind of beat up due to Birdie's obsession with her. I lost her magic, gossamer threads. With her wand and her secret thread, she really can fly! Happy Pink Saturday!

31 comments:

Jacalyn @ rmebathproducts.com said...

Your model is a very adorable and patient young woman! Love the pics and I will have to read that book!

Happy Pink Saturday,
Jacalyn

Southern Charm said...

Hi Karen!
You are so sweet! YOU were the best neighbor! Didn't we have the best of times there? I remember sobbing when we moved away...it was tramatic...and I'm so blessed that we are still friends and in touch after all these years...Good friends never fade away!
xxooShari

Bradley Maston said...

Lovely pinks! Lovely dresses! Happy Saturday.

MamaF said...

Lovely lovely post, so cheerful. I'll try and get the book, it's a bit problematic here get books from Amazon or such for the shipping, but from time to time i do an order, so i'll keep this on my list for sure !

Have a lovely sunday !

Flavia

Kari of Writing Up A Storm said...

Oh, Pom Pom, yes, I know this book! I never used it with my classes, we just never got to it for a read-aloud, but my copy was always in our book corner. It is so beautifully and powerfully written. But, Pom Pom, this book is the whole reason I got into blogging! A blogger at Tollipop.com was inspired by it to draw a hundred dresses on her little ladies, and she offered an invitation to everyone to make a "hundred somethings," too, her idea being that if everyone were busy creating, the whole world would be a better place. I thought I'd join her and make a hundred guardians, so I started blogging! I've been adding guardians (they are on my sidebar under "Hundred Guardians") from time to time. But then of course I wandered off into other things. I love your little model for all your dresses (so sweet), and your cute pinkie from school, and your art journal and flutter fairy. Thank you for a wonderful post!! xo Kari

Nancy said...

Happy Pink Saturday! Loved your post!

The Artful Paper Doll said...

Hello Ms. Pom Pom

Hahahahaha! That was the most adorable post ever!! Thank you so much for the chuckles both in the photos and your commentary. Life really is funny isn't it? I would not trade it for anything.

I have not seen the book but perhaps I'll head in an Amazonly direction a bit later. Thank you for popping over to say hello. I'll look forward to seeing your paper doll.

Hugs! =D
~Kitty

debbie said...

HAPPY PINK SATURDAY MS. POM POM
THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR STOPPING BY MY BLOG TODAY. YOU BRIGHTENED MY DAY.
YOU ARE FULL OF WISDOM AND A WOMAN WHO LOVES JESUS...YAHOO.
I WILL ASK MY SISTER IN LOVE IF SHE HAS THIS BOOK...SHE IS AN EIGHTH GRADE READING TEACHER IN OKLAHOMA.
EVEN THOUGH MY DAUGHTER WAS 33 YEARS OLD WHEN SHE GRADUATED TO HEAVEN ...SHE ALWAYS LOVED FOR ME TO READ TO HER. IF SHE HAD A HARD DAY AT WORK SHE WOULD STOP BY AND I WOULD HAVE SOME LITTLE BOOK SHE LOVED AND I WOULD READ TO HER. IT WAS ALWAYS A SPECIAL TIME.
YOUR LITTLE MODEL FOR THE DRESSES IS VERY PRETTY AND SWEET.
I LOVE YOUR BLOG AND I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING TO KNOW YOU BETTER
BLESSINGS
HUGS
SIMPLY DEBBIE

Cinnamonstitch said...

This was just the cutest post. Your little model is adorable.
Have a wonderful Pink Saturday and thank you for sharing

libbyquilter said...

oh~!~charming, sweet and PATIENT birdie~!~ i bet it was all worth it when she got to take home those cinderella shoes though~!!~

:)
libbyQ

Mary said...

This was such a wonderful post! I can't promise to buy the book but I will visit the library and find it there. I loved your little model. She was very patient. I hope you are having a wonderful Pink Saturday. Blessings...Mary

Barbara said...

I think Kelli had had enough. She was so good to pose with so many.
You have certainly done some sewing over the years.

BethieJ said...

How CUTE is your sweet model!! What a LOVELY pink saturday share!!

CC said...

Hi Karen,
I love,love,loved your post.And your sweet model is adorable. Happy Pinks and have a great weekend.

♥Mimi♥ said...

It's always so much fun for me to travel from blog to blog on Pink Saturday. Each and every entry is different and each and every one makes me smile and feel all pink from the inside out☺

Today, 'tis cold up here, near zero, so I need all the little pink rays of sunshine I can gather 'round and your blog certainly has helped to warm my pinkie ♥.

Thanks so much for sharing this week. Your blog is wonderful and filled with so much to see and to read!

Vicki said...

Hi, PomPom,
Thank you for sharing this book. It brought back some memories for me. As a young girl, I read all The Moffats books by Eleanor Estes that I could get my hands on. I loved them all! I have not read The 100 dresses, however, and so I look forward to finding it and reading it. Your little Birdie was a very cute model! Happy Pink Saturday, dear friend! Vicki

Gail said...

Great, great post. Love you model, she made the dresses beautiful. I may have to look at getting that book for my grand daughter, she is 12, think she will like it?

Gumbo Lily said...

What a good sport Miss Birdie was! The dresses were so much fun to look at. I wonder if you have a Hundred? I'm going to read the book.

Jody

Jennifer said...

All those Dresses were fun! I want to know how did you get her to sit still for all that? I could get mine to do that if I wanted to!lol I love that your student is into Pink! I think your never too young to start loving the color Pink! Thank You for sharing your Pinks!

Have A Great Day!
Happy Pink Saturday!

Jennifer
Livin' With Hoosiers

Aisling said...

Great post. I love your adorable models "in" the dresses. :)

Also, I love The Hundred Dresses. It is a treasured part of our book collection here in our home. Good stuff!

Aisling said...

PS, Thanks for putting my nice person in your side bar! :)

dana said...

OK, I'm in love with you and your blog! What a scream....watching that sweet child model the dresses for you! OMG....so clever! I'm a keeper of garments from past occasions, however, when we moved 5 years ago, I PURGED....I mean seriously purged. Now I am so sad, cuz it would have been wonderful to do the same thing as you with my little grand girl!

It was a pleasure to meet you...you added so much joy to my Pink Sat! Dana

Mary said...

Birdie is so cute! I like the easy way she models the dresses ;) Happy Pinks, Pom Pom~

Regina said...

Lovely dresses and she is adorable.
Beautiful post!
Happy Pinkies.
Enjoy the weekend.

Karol said...

This post made me laugh oh that felt so good. Birdie reminds me of our own hours of towel modeling. She is so cute and I love how she changes faces from the beginning to the end. This will be one of my favorite post. Love you so much! Ked

theshepherdshouse said...

Your little model is so precious! My youngest daughter and I read that book but I had forgotten about it!

Thank you for a sweet post!

Have a blessed week Pom Pom!
Sharon

Vanessa said...

That pink dress is adorable!!!

Left-Handed Housewife said...

These pictures are priceless! What a marvelous idea--and a delightful model.

I didn't read The 100 Dresses until I was an adult and was surprised how moved I was by it.

frances

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

I'm so glad I didn't miss this PreciousPink Saturday Post! That Birdie Girl was a sweetheart to model all those wonderful memories for you. Like everyone else, I'm going to go in search of the book. Great Pink Saturday Post!

Sue

Jessica said...

Hi Pom Pom,
This is my first time visiting your blog. As soon as I heard your song (My Redeemer) I knew I was going to love it here ;-) I'm so excited to have found your post about the exact book that I just got from the library for my 10 year old to read. She read it in a day and loved it. I haven't read it but you've inspired me to. I do love children's books.

Your very cute model in those fancy dresses-- just darlin! What a great idea! She look's a little bit like Eloise from The Eloise in the Plaza movie (my girls love that movie!)

Amy said...

You make me smile! Don't you just love a good, quality children's book. We read 100 Dresses last year when I took that little trip into homeschooling the girls. It was powerful and beautiful. Such a great tool for teaching kindness and compassion!!! Also loved seeing Miss Jenny's dress from my wedding :)


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