The Very Fairy Princess & Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

The Very Fairy Princess and Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

The Very Fairy Princess & Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

Today’s stories are about the things that make us unique, whether it’s a favorite dress or a special talent. Plus, author Christine Baldacchino tells us how an experience from her life inspired her book.

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The Very Fairy Princess by Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton
The Very Fairy Princess, written by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton, illustrated by Christine Davenier. Copyright © 2010. Used with permission of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino
“Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress,” written by Christine Baldacchino, illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant. Copyright © 2014. Used with permission of Groundwood Books. All rights reserved.


PICTURE THIS: MORE FROM THE ILLUSTRATORS

Christine Davenier, illustrator of The Very Fairy Princess, and Isabelle Malenfant, illustrator of Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress, both like to kick off their creative process with character research. 

Christine Davenier,  illustrator of The Very Fairy Princess.
Courtesy of Christine Davenier

Christine based the character of Geraldine on Emma’s daughter (and Julie’s granddaughter), Hope. To capture her essence, Christine referenced photographs of Hope as she sketched. 

Isabelle saw the tangerine dress as a character in and of itself. She captured its personality by giving it “a different treatment... without contour to represent the freedom of movement.”

Illustration by Isabelle Malenfant
Courtesy of Isabelle Malenfant


THIS WEEK’S ACTIVITY: DRAW YOUR DREAM OUTFIT

Feeling fashionable? We’d love to know what you’re wearing! Draw a picture of yourself in your dream outfit and send it to us!

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THE BACKSTORY

When author Christine Baldacchino was a kid, she wanted to be Batman and play superheroes with the boys at school. But they wouldn’t let her play unless she agreed to be a girl in need of saving. “Luckily, like Morris, I had a big imagination,” Christine said. “I used my imagination to rescue myself from being the damsel in distress.”


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WONDERFUL WORDS

In this episode, we celebrated the word Swish. It means to move with a hissing or rushing sound. e.g. Morris Micklewhite’s dress swishes when he walks.

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