NCERT Class 10 English Words and Expressions The Hundred Dresses 1

The Hundred Dresses (1944) is a children’s book written by Eleanor Estes. The book is illustrated by Louis Slobodkin. It is a story of a young girl, Wanda Petronski, from Poland. Wanda’s family migrated to America and she joined school in an American town, in Connecticut. The children at the school found her different. She was bullied and mocked.
However, Wanda proved her unusual talent in a drawing competition and won it with much praise. The children who humiliated her were filled with remorse and Wanda, as dignified as always, earned their respect. (Excerpts from this book are given in Class X textbook—First Flight, published by NCERT in 2007).
• There are many people who have prejudices against others on the basis of social, economic, racial, and ethnic differences.
As a result, they do not recognise their talents and qualities. Perhaps, they do not know that, what matters is what we do and not who we are. After reading the excerpt, write a diary entry as Wanda, describing your feelings clearly.
 
 
Diary Entry

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Text I
The excerpt is taken from the biographical account of Harriet Tubman titled, ‘Harriet Tubman, The Moses of Her People’. This is a story of a woman who suffered because of racial discrimination, but she did fight against slavery, helped her family and members of her community to free themselves from the clutches of the perpetrators of their suffering. She was grateful to her friend, Frederick Douglass, who had hidden her, and some runaway slaves more than once in his home in Rochester.
 
 
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