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Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress · Book

1 February 2021
Frédérique Blanchet

Tool's Title
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

✎ English
✎ French

Target Audiences
• Children
• People in parental/family roles
• Health, social services and education professionals

• Educational book


Conception by
Christine Baldacchino (author) and Isabelle Malenfant (illustrator)

Release Date and Last Update


Morris is a little boy who loves using his imagination. He dreams about having space adventures, paints beautiful pictures and sings the loudest during circle time. But most of all, Morris loves his classroom’s dress-up center — he loves wearing the tangerine dress.

But 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 the taunts of his classmates, his mother lets him stay home from school. Morris reads about elephants, and puts together a puzzle, and 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.

With warm, dreamy illustrations Isabelle Malenfant perfectly captures Morris’s vulnerability and the vibrancy of his imagination. This is a sweetly told story about the courage and creativity it takes to be different.

*** Note that this description was written by Groundwood Books. ***

Official Reference 
Baldacchino, C. and Malenfant, I. (2014). Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress. Toronto: Groundwood Books.

To Access the Tool
Hard copies of this book are available at the Grande Bibliothèque (BAnQ)

You can also buy the book in bookstores at a cost of $16.95.

Clarifications by the Review Team
childhood, psychosexual development, gender identity, gender expression, isolation, gender stereotype, blooming, assertiveness, inclusivity, diversity, education, LGBTQ+


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