Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

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Written by: Christine Baldacchino   Illustrated by: Isabelle Malenfant

Morris likes to paint, do puzzles and sing at school but most of all he loves the dress up clothes, especially the tangerine dress. It goes, “swish, swish, swish when he walks and crinkle, crinkle crinkle when he sits down,” and his favorite shoes, “click, click, click across the floor,” when he walks. But Morris doesn’t like how the other kids tease him for wearing the dress. The boys banish Morris from their pretend rocket ship so he makes his own. But when his classmates realize Morris’ adventures are much more exciting than theirs they learn to accept Morris, dress and all. After reading Morris Micklewhite we’ve had lots of great conversations with Lil Bug about respecting everyone and treating them kindly, even when they do things differently or in a way we don’t understand.

Lil Bug says: Morris Micklewhite, his friends were not nice to him. People don’t like him going in his spaceship unless his takes his dress off. Morris’ tangerine dress is like his mommy’s hair, tigers and Moo. The kids learn to be nice.

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