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The Bora-Bora Dress Hardcover – July 12, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Library Binding edition (July 12, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763612340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763612344
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,427,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3–Lindsay never, ever wears dresses. But when she is invited to fabulous Aunt Fiona's ritzy party, jeans just won't do. Lindsay's mother takes her to a fancy shop where she finds an exotic dress hanging in one of the changing rooms. The tag on it says Made in Bora-Bora for you. Lindsay wears the dress to the party and is transformed from an angular tomboy into an elegant young lady, filled with possibilities. The magical influence of the dress is not well developed, and the story is dull. There are hints, such as when Lindsay decorates cupcakes for the party, thinking of the vibrant colors on the dress, and creates fantastic treats. But the magic she experiences at her aunt's party could just as easily be explained by the moonlight on the beach and the sensation of feeling grown up in a grown-up's world. Stock's watercolors are lush and ethereal and a bit too much (although the garden maze in the middle of the book provides a diverting I-spy exercise). The book attempts to present the wonder of unexplainable magic but fails to cast a spell.–Kara Schaff Dean, Needham Public Library, MA
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*Starred Review* PreS-Gr. 3. Accustomed to wearing pants instead of a skirt, lanky Lindsay only consents to donning a dress in order to attend Aunt Fiona's party. Her mother hauls the reluctant girl off to the dress shop, an alien place of dots, plaids, pleats, ruffles, frills--and one spectacular sundress bearing the tag "Made in Bora-Bora for you." Wonderfully exotic, yet light and comfortable, the dress seems as magical as Aunt Fiona's party, where the guests stroll through the garden maze and Lindsay dances in the moonlight. The story and artwork are mesmerizing as Lindsay transforms from a girl whose idea of formal dress is ribbon-pocket jeans to one who magically, joyfully floats and twirls in the frock that was made just for her. Repeated words and sounds weave though the text, lending grace and style to the simple narrative. Featuring elongated figures, lively patterns, and pleasing colors, Stock's watercolor paintings create a bit of enchantment all their own. The well-composed scenes illustrate the story with distinction, particularly in the moonlit scenes of Lindsay dancing in her Bora-Bora dress. This is a good choice for reading aloud; leave plenty of time to pore over the detailed, luminous artwork. Carolyn Phelan
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Format: Hardcover
My girls have loved this story for years. We picked it up at a bookstore because of the beautiful artwork and the story of the tomboy. We read it out load for a few years and they still love the illustrations. It is one of those stories they read whenever they come across it in the bookshelf ....
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By CLD on May 24, 2013
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Bought this book when it first came out and love to buy it for little girls 4/5/6 for that "promise of a lovely memory" they all should have. CLD
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Format: Hardcover
The Bora Bora Dress is an excellent read for any little girl and her mom, grandma, etc.! Makes for fun pretend play when the story is over, too!
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4 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Waldo E. Schaefer on August 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a question rather than a review. Since you want to sell books, and this book, The Bora Bora Dress, has a starred review from Booklist, why do you carry this sour review from School Library Journal? Couldn't you at least include the Booklist review to balance the one from SLJ?
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