I Had a Favorite Dress

As a mother of three girls, I may be way off base here, but I think this book, written by Michigander Boni Ashburn and illustrated by Julia Denos, appeals to all types of kids–girls and boys–because even though it’s about dresses and clothing and sewing, it’s also about innovation, creating and repurposing.

Clever language, enticing pictures and a girl whose too-small dress is changed into a shirt, then tank, skirt, scarf, socks and finally, a hair bow, all translate into a great read.  As the favorite dress morphs into progressively smaller clothing items, the girl shifts the day of the week that she wears her favorite item, until…well I won’t ruin the ending, but have your kids think up articles that pants could be changed into.  Pants to shorts to leg-warmers to underwear to bracelet–we couldn’t come up with six new clothing ideas, but I’m sure you could.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at wendybooydegraaff.com or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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