Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

Morris MicklewhiteMorris is a bright and wildly creative pre-school boy who likes to paint, do puzzles, sing, and wear the tangerine dress he finds in the dress-up center at school. But his classmates make fun of him. He is not welcome in the spaceship they are building because astronauts, they say, don’t wear dresses. On a day when Morris pretends to have a tummy ache and stays home from school, he has a wonderful dream about a space safari with his cat Moo, big blue elephants, and tigers the color of the sun. Inspired by this, he paints a beautiful picture. When he confidently returns to school and builds his own spaceship, the boys take an imaginary space adventure together, where it does not matter if astronauts wear dresses or not. Touches of tangerine in the charcoal, watercolor, and pastel illustrations highlight Morris’ world in this sensitive look at creativity, courage, and a boy who simply likes to dress up. mjw
Title: Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress
Author: Christine Baldacchino
Illustrator
: Isabelle Malenfant
Publisher
: Groundwood Books, House of Anansi Press. Toronto
Copyright
: 2014
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-55498-347-6
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-7
Genre
: Picture book
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Toronto
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Montreal
Awards
: 2015 ALA Stonewall Book Award (Honor), 2014 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens
Subjects
: Acceptance, Clothing, Differences, Dresses, Gender expression, Imagination, Sex role

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