Morris Micklewhite and the tangerine dress by Christine Baldacchino; illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant (2015)

[Published by Groundwood Books]

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Morris Micklewhite, aside from having a stunning name, also has a magnificent imagination. When he puts on the tangerine dress from the dress-up centre at school it reminds him of tigers and the sun, and he likes the swish, swish noise it makes when he walks.

His class-mates are less enthusiastic. Becky tries to pull the dress off him, “You can’t wear it! You’re  boy!” And the boys won’t let him ride on their spaceship, “Astronauts don’t wear dresses.”

A week’s worth of classmate meanness later and Morris doesn’t make it to school on Friday, because of a stomach ache. The weekend works its magic as Morris IMG_1785pours out his creativity into a delightful piece of art. And the following week at school? Morris’ classmates discover that the best astronauts know where all the good adventures are hiding, irrespective of what they are wearing.

High five Morris and your admirable strength of character. Kids come in all shapes and sizes with varying passions and peculiarities. Encouraging them to be accepting of each other, and brave enough to be different is so important. Thank you Morris (and Christine and Isabelle) for sharing your message in such a beautiful package.

Check out Morris Micklewhite at Auckland Libraries.

Or buy Morris Micklewhite from Fishpond.

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