Title: Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress
Author: Christine Baldacchino
Illustrator: Isabelle Malenfant
Publisher: Groundwood Books (2014)
Morris Micklewhite loves to paint, drink apple juice, sing and complete puzzles at school. His favourite area is the dressing up centre where he chooses to wear a tangerine dress. He loves the colour, the swishing and crinkly noise it makes as he moves. The dress reminds him of “tigers, the sun and his mother’s hair.” He feels ostracised when the other children tease him or refuse to sit with him because of the dress. Eli and Henry refuse to let Morris onto the classroom spacecraft, undeterred Morris builds his own spaceship.
Morris feigns a stomach ache to stay away from school. At home, he paints a safari scene with blue elephants and spaceships. He returns to school, in the tangerine dress, and hangs his painting on his spaceship. Intrigued, the other boys join a newly confident Morris in his imaginative play, realising it doesn’t matter what you wear.