My Mannequins

Overview

Dora’s father owns a dressmaking shop in the bustling garment district of Toronto in the 1940s. Every day after school, ten-year-old Dora runs to help her father in the shop. As she works, she dreams of being a designer herself and dressing the soberly attired mannequins in her own beautiful creations. In Dora’s imaginings, the mannequins seem to urge her on in her fantasy as Dora’s busy father pays scant attention to daughter’s activities. One late afternoon after the shop has closed and while her father is working at his desk, Dora begins dressing up the mannequins. She uses remnants of bright cloth, ribbons and buttons that she finds lying around the shop floor, adding a bright scarf here and a sequin covered hat there. When her father suddenly decides they’ve stayed long enough, Dora is forced to leave her gaily dressed mannequins in the window, with very unexpected results.

About the Authors

Sydell Waxman

Posted by KathrynB on October 30, 2014

Sydell Waxman

Sydell Waxman's eclectic career has encompassed work as an historical researcher, school librarian, museum lecturer, entrepreneur and writer. Her first book Changing the Pattern: The Story of Emily Stowe the biography of Canada’s first female physician Emily Stowe, was selected for the Our Choice seal from the CCBC and won the Toronto Heritage Award in 1998.

Patty Gallinger

Posted by KathrynB on December 6, 2014

Patty Gallinger

Patty Gallinger is a freelance fiction writer and children’s book illustrator. In 2018, she published four short stories in A Slice of Life anthology, a book funded by the Government of Ontario to advocate for and raise funds to spotlight quality of care in nursing homes. Patty lives in Burlington, Ontario.