Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Dress and the Girl” as Want to Read:
The Dress and the Girl
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Dress and the Girl

by
4.06  ·  Rating details ·  487 ratings  ·  114 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Abrams Books for Young Readers
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Dress and the Girl, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Dress and the Girl

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
4.06  · 
Rating details
 ·  487 ratings  ·  114 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
David Schaafsma
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
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
...more
Fiona
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
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.
Sarah
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
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.
Rebecca Petruck
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.
Erica Flory
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So sweet
Khansa Baig
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Alyssa Gudenburr
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.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
The illustrations are beautiful in this book.
Marathon County Public Library
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 ...more
Penny Candy Books
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.

Kris
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Goosebumps moments in this one!
Angie
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just bought this book tonight, because I loved it so much!
Miss Sarah
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
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Dress and the Girl

By Camille Andros

Pictures by Julie Morstad

Thank 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
...more
Megan
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story of a girl and her favorite dress, which get separated when they arrive in the USA but are eventually reunited.
Amber
Gorgeous art and message.
Kristina Jean Lareau
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebook
Beautiful story. Beautiful illustrations. Great textures and contrasts.
Earl
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
A beautiful story but I got to say the illustrations really took it to another level for me.
Marcie
Not sure what to think of this but the illustrations are magnificent. I need to find more illustrated by Vancouver illustrater Julie Morstad.
Patrick
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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
A young girl relocates to the United States through Ellis Island.
Lauren- The Smile Lines
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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!
.
Raven Black
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love the illustrations but the story has a few weak spots for me.
Becky B
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
...more
Tj Shay
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful story and beautiful illustrations!
Kirsti Call
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lovely, lyrical story about friendship enhanced with whimsical illustrations.

*also immigration
Ana Calabresi
Julie Morstad!

The story is so so beautiful! I related so much to it, as my mom and aunts and grandma used to sew.
Isabella Risi
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
The story The Dress and the little girl is about a small girl and her most-liked dress. Both were entertained by uninvolved delights together on a Greek Island. The little girl and the dress did everything together; collect wildflowers, observe the beautiful sky and do tasks. The day they had to live the island arrived and had to relocate back to the United States. On the way back home, the girl is separated from the stock sustaining her dress, and she frightens her preferable dress is lost fore ...more
Becky
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
...more
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Thank You, Omu!
  • Hey, Wall: A Story of Art and Community
  • Mommy's Khimar
  • We Came to America
  • Stone Angel
  • Brave Jane Austen: Reader, Writer, Author, Rebel
  • The Patchwork Bike
  • Their Great Gift: Courage, Sacrifice, and Hope in a New Land
  • Pie is for Sharing
  • Imagine
  • Marwan's Journey
  • A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Love
  • Pearl
  • Dreamers
  • The Crow's Tale
  • All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah
  • Grandma's Purse
  • Goldfish on Vacation
See similar books…