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Live children's play featuring work of local author Eleanor Estes promoting literacy, tolerance, history & character for kids in CT.

The West Haven Child Development Center at 201 Noble Street is bringing a unique twist to literacy with an event series celebrating West Haven author Eleanor Estes through both live readings and on stage. Estes won the Newberry Award for her 1946 children's book Ginger Pye, and silver medals for three other works including The Hundred Dresses during her career. In addition to readings of Este's books by her daughter, Helena, at the West Haven Library, the Child Development center is partnering with the West Haven Historical Society to bring a literary trolley tour of the locations featured in Este's works.
The event series will culminate with two live performances of the stage adaptation of The Hundred Dresses to run May 19 at the West Haven High School Auditorium. The play, adapted from Este's book of the same name, focuses on the timeless themes of tolerance, diversity and individual expression and will feature a multi-age cast of local actors.   It is for this endeavor that we are seeking support as we believe that this play will spread Ms. Estes message to children throughout the city.
The West Haven Child Development Center is a 501c3 non profit  that provides accredited, high quality pre-school and early childhood care for an ethnically diverse, predominantly low income, population.

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