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Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

Title

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

Illustrator

Isabelle Malenfant

Publisher

Groundwood Books

Publication Year

2014

ISBN

9781554983476

Pages

32 pages

Genre

realism

Format

picturebook

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Morris is a little boy who loves using his imagination. But most of all, Morris loves wearing the tangerine dress in his classroom's dress-up center. 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 their taunts, his mother lets him stay home from school. Morris 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.

Grade Level

PK-1

Topic

LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Gender nonconformity; gender expression; boys who dress as girls

Main Character

boy

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

mother

Awards

Australian Family Therapists' Award for Children's Literature, 2017, Picture Book
Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, 2015, Finalist, Children's Literature
Prix TD De Litterature Canadienne Pour L'Enfance et la Jeunesse, 2015, Finalist, English Language
Stonewall Book Award-Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children's and Young Adult Literature Award, 2015, Honor, Children's (Young Adult Literature)
TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, 2015, Finalist, Children's Literature

Keywords

dresses; bullying; imagination; spaceship; cat; painting

Diversity Impact

direct

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

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