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The Dress and the Girl, by Camille Andros | Book Review

The Children’s Book Review | October 5, 2018

The Dress and the GirlThe 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)

ISBN: 978-1-4197-3161-7

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.

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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 , and .

Dr. Anna Iacovetta, classroom teacher who taught every grade, K-12 together with undergraduate students. Her passionate interest in children's literature led her to earn a doctorate in Literature for Children and Young Adults from The Ohio State University. Anna is currently a part-time professor and book reviewer who resides in Cleveland, Ohio where she lives with her husband and two young children. Twitter: LiteraryGal82

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