The Children’s Book Review | October 5, 2018
The Dress and the Girl
Written by Camille Andros
Illustrated by Julie Morstad
Age Range: 4+
Hardcover Book: 40 pages
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers (2018)
What to Expect: Immigration, Greece, Growing up, Journeys, Relationships
This charming picture book is a touching story of a young Greek girl who finds a new life in America only to be separated from her favorite dress made by her mother. As the years pass, the girl and her dress seek to find one another in this new land. The story comes full circle when the young girl becomes a mother herself and spots her childhood dress in a store window. She is then able to share this once ordinary dress and the memories of it all with her daughter which makes for one extraordinary story.
Inspired by a personal story, Camille Andros takes readers on a journey. The elegant, sweeping illustrations by Morstad flow ever-so-well with the accompanied text. The beautiful words written by Andros build connections as the story progresses and are cleverly placed on each page to make for pleasurable reading This story can be great for nighttime reading with a youngster or in the classroom as a supplement to a unit on immigration for the early-middle grades. Overall, a lovely story for the dreamer in all of us that seeks something extraordinary.
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.
About The Illustrator
Julie Morstad is an award-winning artist living with her family in Vancouver. She is the illustrator of many books for children, including Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova, When Green Becomes Tomatoes, and This Is Sadie.
The Dress and the Girl, written by Camille Andros and illustrated by Julie Morstad, was reviewed by Anna C. Iacovetta, Ph.D.. Discover more books like The Dress and the Girl by following along with our reviews and articles tagged with Emigration And Immigration, Growing Up, Immigrants, Picture Book, and Relationships.