Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

Book - 2014
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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.

Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press,, 2014
ISBN: 9781554983476
Branch Call Number: PIC Bal
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations
Additional Contributors: Malenfant, Isabelle


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multcolib_ednak Mar 02, 2016

This is a darling story! Morris wants to be himself and make friends at school-a hard task sometimes. Baldacchino gives a charming solution that is entirely believable.

0Charlie Feb 04, 2015

A strong message of support and inclusion wrapped in a visually enthralling work of swirl and colour. Art, imagination and love all play a part in encouraging the main character in his pursuit of what makes him happy. Recommended.

oakridge2015_0 Jan 26, 2015

He was a boy and I never knew that because he looked like a girl. Why did her wear a dress? Fatima

BklynKalliopiM Dec 19, 2014

Don't miss Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress! This title beautifully examines gender sterotypes and roles, while telling an inspiring story of Morris and his tangerine dress. Great for classroom read alouds on bullying, individuality, and other social-emotional topics.

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