Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

Book - 2014
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A young boy faces adversity from classmates when he wears an orange dress at school.
Publisher: Toronto :, Groundwood Books,, 2014
ISBN: 9781554983476
Branch Call Number: jp BAL NVD
Characteristics: 1 unpaged volume : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Malenfant, Isabelle 1979-

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Baldacchino debuts with a sensitive story that joins books like My Princess Boy and Jacob's New Dress on a growing shelf of titles that offer support and understanding to gender-nonconforming boys.


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Jan 22, 2019

A charming story about a boy who loves wearing "typical feminine" attire, and of course gets bullied for it. The book explains that Morris loves wearing the dress and heels during play time at school because the dress is his favorite color, and the shoes make a nice sound. Morris does not see these objects as having a divide between the genders, and instead conceptualizes them on their merits. At first the bullying makes Morris upset, but after a spiritual journey decides to approach the bullies a new way: instead of getting upset about being denied to play with other kids, or by their teasing, he instead focus on playing his own fun games and on the positive aspects about the attire, and the other children flock to him. Beautiful art, great message about gender neutrality.

DBRL_JessicaM Dec 17, 2018

Our young friend, Morris, struggles with how others view his love of wearing his favorite dress. However, it shows that acceptance comes from exposure, positive reinforcement, and being true to one's self. Despite how Morris's classmates react to his dress, he takes some time to reflect on what this means, how he wants to portray himself, and eventually shows them that his expression of self, despite being different from what they believe, does not make him any less worthy of a person or a friend. Definitely uplifting, but not overbearing.

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.

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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