The Dress and the Girl

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 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.
Publisher: New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2018.
ISBN: 9781419731617
Branch Call Number: JP Andro
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly colour illustrations ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Morstad, Julie - Illustrator


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Nov 20, 2018

The jacket copy uses the word “exquisite” and they’re not overstating the experience of this book. To put it too simply: The Dress and the Girl is a beautiful book.

I thought of Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney, and work by Carson Ellis; and I’d shelve it there with Cooney, Ellis’ Home, the Fan Brothers’ The Night Gardener, and Arias’ Marwan’s Journey.

For libraries who like solid, timeless storytelling; who look for titles that fit the word “wholesome.” Andros and Morstad give images for the younger readers to explore and a story for grade-schoolers to enjoy alongside the stories their own adults have to tell. I’d collect it with Junot Diaz’ Islandborn for a storytelling project ideas.

Oct 02, 2018

This book pulls on the heart strings- beautifully written and illustrated. I held back tears reading it to my 3.5 year old, who also enjoyed it.

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