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Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

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Overview

Morris is a little boy who loves using his imagination. But most of all, Morris loves wearing the tangerine dress in his classroom’s dress-up center. The children in Morris’s class don’t understand. Dresses, they say, are for girls. And Morris certainly isn’t welcome in the spaceship some of his classmates are building. Astronauts, they say, don’t wear dresses. One day when Morris feels all alone and sick from their taunts, his mother lets him stay home from school. Morris dreams of a fantastic space adventure with his cat, Moo. Inspired by his dream, Morris paints the incredible scene he saw and brings it with him to school. He builds his own spaceship, hangs his painting on the front of it and takes two of his classmates on an outer space adventure. With warm, dreamy illustrations, Isabelle Malenfant perfectly captures Morris’s vulnerability and the vibrancy of his imagination.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781554983476
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Publication date: 05/13/2014
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 205,833
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: AD530L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Christine Baldacchino is a graphic artist and web designer with a background in early childhood education. She lives in Toronto. Isabelle Malenfant has illustrated more than a dozen children’s books, mixing mediums such as watercolor, pastel, and charcoal to create poetic and sensitive worlds. She lives in Montreal.

Read an Excerpt

Morris likes lots of things about school. He likes to paint. He likes to do puzzles. He likes the apple juice at snack time and singing the loudest during circle time.

Most of all, Morris likes the dress-up center. And the tangerine dress. Morris likes the color of the dress. It reminds him of tigers, the sun and his mother’s hair.

He likes the noises the dress makes — swish, swish, swish when he walks and crinkle, crinkle, crinkle when he sits down. He takes turns wearing all the different shoes but his favorite ones go click, click, click across the floor.

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

Praise for Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress:

"[R]ather than presenting an overt message about gender identity, the book provides a subtle and refreshing glimpse at a boy who simply likes to dress up." — School Library Journal

"Baldacchino doesn’t sugar-coat the teasing and isolation Morris endures. . . . Malenfant showcases Morris’s full emotional spectrum." — Publishers Weekly

"Morris is a complex character whose creativity and personality shine. . . . Sensitive and reassuring." — Kirkus, starred review

"[A] wonderfully moving and enriching picture book. Morris is a relateable character whom many readers will find both sympathetic and familiar." — Quill & Quire, starred review

"First-time author Christine Baldacchino debunks all the shoulds and shouldn’ts of children’s behavior merely based on the number of x-chromosomes. . . . Veteran illustrator Isabelle Malenfant imbues young Morris with such expressiveness, from his curious joy to hurt silence to cruel rejection to hopeful triumph." — BookDragon

"Unlike some more messagey titles on the subject, this one provides Morris with a personality beyond his dress-loving nature, making him enjoyable literary company." — Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Christine Baldacchino's story and Isabelle Malenfant's delightful illustrations show how being different is sometimes the bravest thing you can be." — National Post

"Baldacchino’s gentle story sensitively depicts gender nonconforming children, offering them reassurance and, one hopes, acceptance by introducing other children to the concept." — Booklist

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