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Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress…

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress (original 2014; edition 2014)

by Christine Baldacchino (Author), Isabelle Malenfant (Illustrator)

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Title:Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress
Authors:Christine Baldacchino (Author)
Other authors:Isabelle Malenfant (Illustrator)
Info:Groundwood Books (2014), 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:easy, fiction, realisticfiction, diversity, genderroles, identity

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Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino (2014)

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This was a fantastic book that would be great to read in a classroom. The illustrations were very detailed, and I really was able to feel the emotions of the characters. People will be able to identify with this book, because everyone can remember a time when they were excluded in their childhood for an arbitrary reason.

At its' core, this book is not about gender identity, it can be used as a tool to ease people into understanding that gender roles vary. Morris doesn't say he is a girl or associate dresses as being a female clothing item, it presents a way for people who are new to these ideas a way to understand. It also shows Morris having self confidence when others may not empathize with his forms of expression. It is not a true book about transgender, but more about understanding and self-esteem in the face of adverse opinion. ( )
  cnemetz | Oct 2, 2018 |
Morris is a young boy who loves wearing a tangerine dress. He says it reminds him of the sun, tigers, and his mother's hair. However he is ostracized at school because his class mates tell him that boys shouldn't wear dresses. He gets sad and fakes a tummy ache to stay home from school. He has a vivid dream about riding on elephants and going on a space safari. Wanting to share his dream he paints a big picture to take to school. Having regained his confidence he puts on his tangerine dress and does his own thing. His friends are curious about the painting so he invites them along into his imaginary world. This time they don't say anything about the dress because it doesn't matter in end. Descending from the ship a girl demands the dress from Morris saying that "boys don't wear dresse." Morris cooly responds "This boy does."
This book is a good lesson in acceptance of others who are a little different from the main stream. It could spark a good discussion with even young readers on whether or not it matters what clothes people wear. The illustrations are fun and cute. ( )
  Thomasjfkb | Sep 24, 2018 |
Morris has a fondness for a particular tangerine colored dress in the classroom dress-up. It's the same color as his mother's beautiful hair and he loves the way it crinkles when he wears it. In the class, another girl wants a turn wearing the dress, demanding he give it up because he shouldn't even be wearing it since he is a boy. Other boys shun him because they don't want to lose any of their "boyishness" by hanging out with him. Morris stays home because he feels so bad. When he returns to school, he is determined not to let the other children say what he can and cannot do. In the end, Morris feels confident about wearing the dress and being himself.

The illustrations were really striking in this book. Bright tangerine popped against mostly black and white pictures. I felt that enamored feeling for the color tangerine as I read the story. Boys not being allowed to wear dresses in our society is a common message, but we really should be open and allowing of everyone to express themselves through clothing.
  maryganderson | Sep 21, 2018 |
This book caught me eye due to the cover. It is primarily dark, neutral colors, but the boy standing in the middle with his read hair and orange dress and so vivid in comparison. This book is about a boy named Morris who loves the way he feels when he wears this tangerine dress. He receives many rude comments from his classmates, like "boys don't wear dresses" and "Astronauts don't wear dresses". Morris decides to make his own space ship and his classmates soon find that the dress is not important. His space ship was so imaginative and different that they soon became friends. While reading, I was so impressed by the pride that Morris felt. He did not care what the others thought because he was happy. I found it very interesting and amazing that his mother painted his nails for him, accepting him, instead of shaming him. Lovely book! I think this book would be great to teach young children about acceptance of others and respect. ( )
  Gabrielle21 | Sep 14, 2018 |
This little boy is fearless. He decided to put on the tangerine dress in the dress up section at school and gets made fun of by his classmates, especially the boys. He paints a cool adventure painting and wins them over, even with the dress. I like this book because it could encourage older kids to have more acceptance. ( )
  Rvalencia | May 2, 2018 |
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