The Dress and the Girl
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.  

The Dress and the Girl Details

TitleThe Dress and the Girl
Author
ReleaseAug 7th, 2018
PublisherAbrams Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139781419731617
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Family, Cultural, Juvenile, Pre K, Science, Geography

The Dress and the Girl Review

  • David Schaafsma
    January 1, 1970
    This book reminded me of the song "This Shirt," by Mary Chapin Carpenter, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbL1L...about how a piece of clothing can hold all sorts of meanings--personal, cultural, family, dreams--over the years. I still have t shirts from decades ago, such as one from Joni Mitchell's "For the Roses" tour.In this story, a girl wears a simple, ordinary dress and aspires to an extraordinary life, including travel. She eventually has that life and walking with her daughter, sees the This book reminded me of the song "This Shirt," by Mary Chapin Carpenter, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbL1L...about how a piece of clothing can hold all sorts of meanings--personal, cultural, family, dreams--over the years. I still have t shirts from decades ago, such as one from Joni Mitchell's "For the Roses" tour.In this story, a girl wears a simple, ordinary dress and aspires to an extraordinary life, including travel. She eventually has that life and walking with her daughter, sees the dress in a store such as Goodwill or The Salvation Army, and buys it for her daughter.I read this mainly because I am a fan of Julie Worsted's illustration work, which for me carried this story.
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  • Fiona
    January 1, 1970
    Billed as for 4-8 year olds but, having read it, I’d say it’s for the lower end of the scale. Would I have enjoyed this book as a child? I’m unsure. I can only hope the 6 year old I’m giving it to for Christmas enjoys it. It’s clearly meant to be read with an adult. A 6-7 year old child will manage most of the words with a little help. The illustrations are lovely and the printing is good quality.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Although immigration is part of the story in this fabulously illustrated picture book, the dress and its meaning to the central character are the bigger focus. Reminiscent of Patricia Polacco's The Keeping Quilt and Virginia Lee Burton's classic The Little House in that the story comes full circle.
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  • Rebecca Petruck
    January 1, 1970
    This lovely, lovely immigration story is like a vase repaired with gold. It breaks your heart and fills it up at the same time. With illustrations that literally made me gasp, and a lyrical repetition that became ever more poignant, THE DRESS AND THE GIRL is a beautiful book to share with readers both young, old, and every age in between.
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  • Erica Flory
    January 1, 1970
    So sweet
  • Alyssa Gudenburr
    January 1, 1970
    A beautiful book about a girl and the dress her mother made for her. When the girl travels to America, the dress is separated from the girl. The dress then decides to travel the world looking for the girl. The dress and the girl are eventually reunited and the dress is passed down to her daughter.
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  • Khansa Baig
    January 1, 1970
    This poetic tale of love, loss, the passing of time and the power of memory is enhanced by exquisite illustrations in deep, rich tones. A sophisticated picture book, which beautifully demonstrates the capacity of treasured objects to evoke powerful emotions.
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  • Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
    January 1, 1970
    The illustrations are beautiful in this book.
  • Marathon County Public Library
    January 1, 1970
    There is a little girl who wears a dress. The dress and the girl experience a lot together, like playing and exploring, until one day they travel to a new country together to find a better life. The dress and the girl get unexpectedly separated when getting off of the boat in their new county; the dress in a trunk and the girl moving on in her life's journey. One fortuitous day, several years in the future, the girl finds the dress in an unexpected place on an ordinary day with extraordinary joy There is a little girl who wears a dress. The dress and the girl experience a lot together, like playing and exploring, until one day they travel to a new country together to find a better life. The dress and the girl get unexpectedly separated when getting off of the boat in their new county; the dress in a trunk and the girl moving on in her life's journey. One fortuitous day, several years in the future, the girl finds the dress in an unexpected place on an ordinary day with extraordinary joy.Do you have an item from your past that when you look at it, it evokes strong memories and associations? A dress is just that for the little girl throughout the story. This is such a wonderful and important story that is told in such a simple way. That is what makes this book so special.  The journey of the girl tells her story and the separate journey of the dress is another story. Both my daughter and I connected with this story deeply and kept rereading it, bringing about a beautiful discussion about migration and the way that life works in mysterious ways. I highly recommend this book! Ashley C. / Marathon County Public Library
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  • Penny Candy Books
    January 1, 1970
    Chad did a Tiny Takes review on this book months ago, but I can't find it at the moment. I'll update later. I *may* be crying a lot lately; nonetheless, this book choked me up as I read it aloud to myself. There's something about this notion that life doesn't always work out as planned, the nostalgia we experience when we're reminded of "home," and the pure joy of reunion that Andros just nailed.
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  • Kris
    January 1, 1970
    A beautiful story of childhood, immigration and memory told from the perspective of both the young girl and her dress. It's a gem!
  • A Severs
    January 1, 1970
    Goosebumps moments in this one!
  • Angie
    January 1, 1970
    I just bought this book tonight, because I loved it so much!
  • Miss Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Told from the persepctive of a dress, this picture book follows both the dress and the girl as they travel to a new country and then are seperated. Sweet ending. elementary for concept
  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    The Dress and the GirlBy Camille AndrosPictures by Julie MorstadThank you to @kidlitexchange and @abramskids for the free review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.A little girl and her dress, a dress made by her mother on a Greek Island, long to do something “singular, stunning or sensational. For something extraordinary.” Thus begins this lovely and charming story. It’s a familiar story for so many of us, that memory of a special dress you can’t forget. I have one of those I just can’t The Dress and the GirlBy Camille AndrosPictures by Julie MorstadThank you to @kidlitexchange and @abramskids for the free review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.A little girl and her dress, a dress made by her mother on a Greek Island, long to do something “singular, stunning or sensational. For something extraordinary.” Thus begins this lovely and charming story. It’s a familiar story for so many of us, that memory of a special dress you can’t forget. I have one of those I just can’t part with. It was a “Cinderella” dress chosen in a special shopping trip with my mom. Whenever I see that pink party dress in my memory bin, I’m suddenly once again gathering chocolate Easter eggs with my brother, or bouncing out the door to one of the countless birthday parties I attended. Happily, I can say this story once again brought back those warm memories of a time long ago. And isn’t that one of the reasons we read stories?The Dress and the Girl is made even lovelier when the lyrical words of @CamilleAndros are joined by the amazing illustrations of @JulieMorstad, one of my very favorite illustrators. Together they help us to understand the dreams of a little girl immigrating to the United States; the dream that maybe “now was the time for something singular, stunning or sensational. For something extraordinary.” The dream shared by immigrants a hundred years ago, as well as today.This book is available now. It’s a “must read” to add to your library holds list or your shopping list. I know it’s going on my bookshelf!
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful story of a girl and her favorite dress, which get separated when they arrive in the USA but are eventually reunited.
  • Amber
    January 1, 1970
    Gorgeous art and message.
  • Kristina Jean Lareau
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful story. Beautiful illustrations. Great textures and contrasts.
  • Earl
    January 1, 1970
    A beautiful story but I got to say the illustrations really took it to another level for me.
  • Marcie
    January 1, 1970
    Not sure what to think of this but the illustrations are magnificent. I need to find more illustrated by Vancouver illustrater Julie Morstad.
  • Patrick
    January 1, 1970
    A different story of immigration; told from the point of view of a cherished object. A very heartwarming story. Anyone who has owned a favorite thing can relate to this tale.
  • KC
    January 1, 1970
    A young girl relocates to the United States through Ellis Island.
  • Lauren- The Smile Lines
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to #kidlitexchange for sharing a review copy of this review copy. The Dress and the Girl by @camilleandros is a beautifully written picture book about childhood items bringing back strong and special memories..The illustrations by @juliemarstad are delicate and very detailed..No matter how far away from home you are or how many years have gone by, memories can come flooding back into your heart!.
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  • Raven Black
    January 1, 1970
    Love the illustrations but the story has a few weak spots for me.
  • Becky B
    January 1, 1970
    A girl and a dress have grand times together and dream of doing the sensational and extraordinary. When the girl's family immigrates from Europe to the USA, the dress is lost and goes around the world waiting to be found again.I think everyone as a child has at least one article of clothing that they love and associate with the joys of childhood. This lost and found dress harkens to that nostalgia, that even little readers may identify with having outgrown several beloved articles of clothing by A girl and a dress have grand times together and dream of doing the sensational and extraordinary. When the girl's family immigrates from Europe to the USA, the dress is lost and goes around the world waiting to be found again.I think everyone as a child has at least one article of clothing that they love and associate with the joys of childhood. This lost and found dress harkens to that nostalgia, that even little readers may identify with having outgrown several beloved articles of clothing by the time they read this. It's also the story of a girl growing up. But what really makes this story stand out are the illustrations. They are gorgeous! A beautiful book.
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  • Tj Shay
    January 1, 1970
    A beautiful story and beautiful illustrations!
  • Kirsti Call
    January 1, 1970
    Lovely, lyrical story about friendship enhanced with whimsical illustrations.*also immigration
  • Ana Calabresi
    January 1, 1970
    Julie Morstad! The story is so so beautiful! I related so much to it, as my mom and aunts and grandma used to sew.
  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    First sentence: Back when time seemed slower and life simpler, there was a dress. A dress much like many others, made for a girl by her mother. The dress loved the girl, and the girl loved the dress. They spent each day together, an ordinary girl wearing an ordinary dress. Every day the same story.Premise/plot: The Dress and The Girl has two narrators: the girl and the dress. (One certainly expects to find the point of view of a girl in a book--a picture book. But one does not expect to ever rea First sentence: Back when time seemed slower and life simpler, there was a dress. A dress much like many others, made for a girl by her mother. The dress loved the girl, and the girl loved the dress. They spent each day together, an ordinary girl wearing an ordinary dress. Every day the same story.Premise/plot: The Dress and The Girl has two narrators: the girl and the dress. (One certainly expects to find the point of view of a girl in a book--a picture book. But one does not expect to ever really read a book from the point of view of a dress.) The two are inseparable until they aren't. What will the dress do without the girl? What will the girl do without the dress?My thoughts: I just want to say that if you can fall in love with a book based on the end papers alone, I fell in love. It's just that simple. The brown fabric spoke to me, called me by name, said CREATE. I also love the illustrations. They are beautiful and compelling. They compliment the story so well. I'm not as sure about the text as I am the illustrations. I liked it. I did. But at the same time I didn't. I loved when the dress and the girl were together. I liked when the dress and the girl were reunited decades later. But when the dress is on its own, well, the narrative is just so ODD. I think adults may appreciate this one more. This book screams out SYMBOLISM. I think the dress symbolizes one's connection to the past, to a way of life, to traditions, to memories; it is tangible reminder of the past, of where you've been. Text: 3 out of 5Illustrations: 5 out of 5Total: 8 out of 10
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  • Jane
    January 1, 1970
    Have you have had a possession that you really enjoyed and you took it everywhere with you? Then one day that possession was no longer around and you eventually forgot about it? That is what happened to the dress and the girl. The dress was made for the girl. She wore it everywhere. One day the girl and her family boarded a boat and set sail for America. When they arrived, the dress was folded up and placed in a trunk. Somehow the trunk was left at Ellis Island. After it was found it was moved f Have you have had a possession that you really enjoyed and you took it everywhere with you? Then one day that possession was no longer around and you eventually forgot about it? That is what happened to the dress and the girl. The dress was made for the girl. She wore it everywhere. One day the girl and her family boarded a boat and set sail for America. When they arrived, the dress was folded up and placed in a trunk. Somehow the trunk was left at Ellis Island. After it was found it was moved from place to place until eventually, years later, it ended up in a shop window. The girl, now grown, walked by and remembered.Camille Andros has written a sentimental story about lost possessions. The Dress and the Girl could be used to comfort a child who has lost a prized possession. In the story we are not told how the girl felt about the loss - only the dress' reactions. I can see this title becoming a favorite of a child who clings to memories.Julie Morstad chose muted colors for her illustrations which appear to be very appropriate for the time period of the setting. They picture the text and go beyond the words on the page to show the "adventures" of the dress as it traveled looking for the girl.If you are looking for another picture book for your library, you will want to take a look at The Dress and the Girl by Camille Andros.I want to thank Abrams Books for Young Readers for the complimentary copy of this picture book in exchange for this honest review.
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