A few months ago we were at our local independent bookstore. This bookstore is awesome…the type of place you could lose track of time. My husband found this book on the shelves and we were sold. Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress, by Christine Baldacchino with illustrations by Isabelle Malenfant is a touching story. It is about a young boy named Morris, his favorite activity at school is the dress up center, he loves the tangerine dress. His classmates tease him and exclude him from playing their games because they don’t understand. Morris retreats into his imagination and what a great one it is.
This story brought a tear to my eye, because I have known so many little kids who have loved to do things that are not “typically” in their gender role. In my opinion there is nothing wrong with this, and I love that this story gives trying new things and doing what you love a spot center stage. I want my girls to know that being different, or liking different things is okay. That doing what you love is okay. That doing the things that make you happy and make you smile is okay. Above all I want them to know that I love them for who they are. I love Morris Micklewhite and hope you will too. This book is a fabulous book that, in my opinion, should be in every school library and in the hands of all of our petites.