The Dress and the Girl

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...

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Title:The Dress and the Girl
Author:Camille Andros
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The Dress and the Girl Reviews

  • 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.

  • Erica Flory

    So sweet

  • 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

    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

  • Penny Candy Books

    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.

  • Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)

    The illustrations are beautiful in this book.

  • Sarah

    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.

  • Fiona

    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.

  • David Schaafsma

    This book reminded me of the song "This Shirt," by Mary Chapin Carpenter,

    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,

    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.

  • Khansa Baig

    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.

  • 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.

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