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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.
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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