The Girl in the Blue and White Checked Dress is a story of a girl that is extremely poor, but refuses to let this define her. Through positive attitude and kindness she discovers that she is much more than simply "the girl in the blue and white checked dress".
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The Girl in the Blue and White Checked Dress
By Beth Shaw Rackley
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Chapter OneDust blew into Anita Sue Meyer's face as she walked on the gravel road to catch the bus. Each day she followed her brothers and sisters on the long trip carrying her rusty lunch pail, and wearing her blue and white checked dress.
When Anita got on the bus some of the girls would laugh and shout:
"You wore that dress yesterday, the day before, and the day before that!"
"You're right. I did," Anita would reply with a smile. "I really like it. Don't you?"
When the bell rang at school it was time for multiplication races.
"Your turn, Anita," Mrs. Carson would say.
She walked to the front of the room, picked up the chalk, and waited for Mrs. Carson to call out the problem.
While listening for Mrs. Carson, she could hear the students whispering and giggling. Anita was a little embarrassed because she knew that everyone was watching her.
"Seven times seven," Mrs. Carson said.
She wrote the correct answer with swift confidence.
"You win, once again," said Mrs. Carson.
"She always wins. It isn't fair! Does she have to play?" shouted the other students.
"Nice dress," sneered Elmira Buckenstaff as she stomped back to her desk.
"Why thank you," replied Anita.
She kept winning until she had beaten all of the other students in the class. Then, as usual, Mrs. Carson gave her a candy bar for her prize.
At recess, all of the children went out onto the playground. The boys wanted Anita to play kick ball because she was the fastest runner, highest kicker, and the best catcher.
"Please be on my team, Anita", begged Johnny Tucker, "We will surely win!"
"Sure. I would be glad to play," she would answer.
"I would play too, but I don't want to mess up my new shoes," yelled Helen Sue Montgomery from the sideline.
But no one had asked her anyway.
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