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The Dress and the Girl
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A little girl and her favorite dress dream of an extraordinary life. They enjoy simple pleasures together on a beautiful Greek island. They watch the sunset, do chores, and pick wildflowers on the way...
A little girl and her favorite dress dream of an extraordinary life. They enjoy simple pleasures together on a beautiful Greek island. They watch the sunset, do chores, and pick wildflowers on the way...
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  • A little girl and her favorite dress dream of an extraordinary life. They enjoy simple pleasures together on a beautiful Greek island. They watch the sunset, do chores, and pick wildflowers on the way home. One day, the dress and the girl must leave the island and immigrate to the United States. Upon arrival, the girl is separated from the trunk carrying her favorite dress, and she fears her dress is lost forever. Many years later, the girl—now all grown up—spots the dress in a thrift store window. As the two are finally reunited, the memories of their times together come flooding back. While the girl can no longer wear the dress, it's now perfect for her own daughter—and the new journey of a girl and her dress begins. Featuring lush illustrations, The Dress and the Girl is a stunning picture book about memory and the power of the items we hold most dear.

About the Author-

  • Camille Andros has made her home in Israel, Utah, Arizona, California, Ohio, Nevada, and, now, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She has her BA in health science, is an EMT, and danced ballet for fourteen years.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    May 28, 2018
    Graceful artwork by Morstad (When Green Becomes Tomatoes) creates an elegiac atmosphere for a story that unfolds in a small Greek village, where blue shutters and red tiles enliven the whitewashed walls. Andros (Charlotte the Scientist Is Squished) writes about a dress (“much like many others, made for a girl by her mother”) and a girl; together, they spend their days “picking daffodils, feeling the wind, and staring at the stars” and longing for the extraordinary. When the girl’s family emigrates to turn-of-the-century America, the trunk that contains her dress goes missing. One narrative thread personifies the dress, imagining it “searching” the world over for the girl before the dress and the girl, now grown, reunite and remember their shared “singular, stunning, or sensational” history. While the conceit of the dress as an active character feels a bit clunky, the lyrical text and evocative art will make readers linger. Ages 4–8. Author’s agent: Lori Kilkelly of Rodeen Literary Management. Illustrator’s agent: Emily van Beek, Folio Literary Management.

  • Kirkus

    June 15, 2018
    Around the turn of the last century, a Greek village girl wears her beloved red dress as she goes about her daily life only to be separated from it when the family emigrates.The child and her dress lead a seemingly idyllic, nature-filled life under blue skies, among whitewashed buildings, but they long for adventure. For unexplained reasons, the family boards a ship, where girl and dress play and go to school as before, details that subtly convey the length of the passage. Upon arrival at Ellis Island, the family is separated from the trunk in which the dress is now packed. The trunk, unclaimed, circles the globe in search of its rightful owners, eventually landing in a secondhand shop. Now grown, the girl spots her dress in the window and buys it for her own daughter. Morstad's (House of Dreams, 2018, etc.) clean illustrations expertly evoke the era through a nostalgic color palette and the (unnamed) locations through carefully chosen details. The opening and closing spreads echo each other, reinforcing the theme of connection. Immigrant stories are perennially relevant, and the rarely seen 20th-century Greek setting is refreshing. However, the dress--while attributed human feelings--never generates enough emotion to create dramatic tension, and readers are not shown the impact on the family of starting a new life without most of their worldly possessions.A gentle tale well-suited for family-history and creative-writing units. (Picture book. 4-8)

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  • School Library Journal

    August 1, 2018

    PreS-Gr 3-An ordinary girl and her favorite dress do ordinary things together every day, but they long for the extraordinary-something singular, stunning, or sensational. One day, the girl and her dress set out on a long journey across the ocean to America. Along the way, they continue to do ordinary things but feel that they may be on the cusp of something extraordinary. The girl and her dress are separated when they reach their destination and they each continue on their own parallel journeys through life. Then one day, something extraordinary happens: the girl, now a woman, is reunited with her favorite dress when she spots it in a store window years later. Wonderfully, the dress is the perfect size for the woman's daughter. And so, a new extraordinary story about a girl and her dress begins. In The Dress and the Girl, Andros tells an immigration tale-an experience that is common but is not always shared. Morstad's light, airy, and simply beautiful illustrations run from cover to cover, including the endpapers, which are in the same pattern as the dress, and act as the perfect accompaniment to the circular plot. Together, the carefully crafted text and gorgeous illustrations pair to tell a truly extraordinary tale. VERDICT A delightful picture book with an important story to be told. Recommended for sharing again and again.-Elizabeth Blake, Brooklyn Public Library

    Copyright 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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