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Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

by Christine Baldacchino, illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant

tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance, clothing & dress, friendship
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Description

Morris is a little boy who loves using his imagination. But most of all, Morris loves his classroom’s dress-up center and its tangerine dress.

Morris is a little boy who loves using his imagination. He dreams about having space adventures, paints beautiful pictures and sings the loudest during circle time. But most of all, Morris loves his classroom’s dress-up center — he loves wearing the tangerine dress.

But 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 the taunts of his classmates, his mother lets him stay home from school. Morris reads about elephants, and puts together a puzzle, and 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. This is a sweetly told story about the courage and creativity it takes to be different.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.3
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.4
Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

 

About the Authors

Christine Baldacchino

CHRISTINE BALDACCHINO is a graphic artist and web designer with a background in early childhood education. Her picture book Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress was a Stonewall Honor recipient and the winner of the CBC Bookie Award for Best Picture Book. She lives with her husband in Toronto.

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Isabelle Malenfant has a bachelor's degree in graphic design, but never worked in the field because she fell in love with illustration first. She likes to mix mediums such as watercolor, pastels and charcoal to create poetic and sensitive worlds. Isabelle has illustrated more than a dozen children's books, including Maggie's Chopsticks (Kids Can), which was awarded the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize. She was born in northern Quebec, between gold mines and lakes, in the city of Val-d'Or. Isabelle lives in Magog, Quebec, with her little family.

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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
4 to 7
Grade:
p to 2
Awards
  • Commended, Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices
  • Short-listed, Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award
  • Commended, Stonewall Honor Books in Children’s and Young Adult Literature
  • Short-listed, Blue Spruce Award
  • Short-listed, TD Canadian Children's Literature Award
  • Commended, American Library Association Rainbow List
  • Winner, CBC Bookie Award for Best Picture Book
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens
  • Commended, Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year
  • Commended, Today's Parent Top Picture Books of the Year
  • Commended, Kirkus Best Picture Books Celebrating Diversity
  • Commended, Huffington Post Best Picture Books of the Year: Most Touching/Heartwarming
  • Commended, Quill & Quire Books of the Year for Young People

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