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Publisher's Summary

Brave Irene is Irene Bobbin, the dressmaker's daughter. Her mother, Mrs. Bobbin, isn't feeling so well and can't possibly deliver the beautiful ball gown she's made for the duchess to wear that very evening. So plucky Irene volunteers to get the gown to the palace on time, in spite of the fierce snowstorm that's brewing - quite an errand for a little girl.

But where there's a will, there's a way, as Irene proves in the danger-fraught adventure that follows. She must defy the wiles of the wicked wind, her most formidable opponent, and overcome many obstacles before she completes her mission. Surely, this winning heroine will inspire every child to cheer her on.

©1986 William Steig (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"One of Steig's simplest stories [and] one of his best, a tale that has the force of a legend." ( Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books)

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good story, with caveat

"brave Irene always makes me sleep"--Savannah, on her bedtime choice. Perfect narrator voice as well.

(As an adult, I'm bothered by a small child being sent into possibly deadly weather--over a dress. and by royalty not taking care of her and her mother BEFORE her arrival. but...I realize most children may not be affected by that.)

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Young kiddos

Both my 6 year old and my almost 3 year old loves the book. We listened 4 times in one sitting. Interesting story but engaging.

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Brave Indeed

Enjoyed all aspects of the book....the story, presentation & moral. Easy listening & kept my attention.

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love Meryl

Meryl Streep does an excellent performance. It is a cute little tail that both myself and my children enjoyed.

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Meryl Streep is such a jewel

This narration (and maybe all of Streep's) are such a wonder! I'll use this as a material for my English classes, as I believe it had meant to be. Such a great tale and entertaining performance.

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Meryl Streep's worst performance. Painful to hear.

Meryl Streep's worst performance to be sure. it was painful to listen to. Awful..

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Marvellous

Incredible story with a marvellous reading by Meryl Streep. Kids loved it, and I have listened to it once in the car on my own!

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Love it !

Brave Irene is brave indeed! Lovely telling and great narrator! Now I have to get the book .

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Good children's story of fear and persistence

my daughter loves this story. Streep is excellent, and the story is that of a strong and persistent little girl. the child is honest about her fear, but brave and resourceful. vivid imagery.

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