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Brave Irene (1986)

by William Steig

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Plucky Irene, a dressmaker's daughter, braves a fierce snowstorm to deliver a new gown to the duchess in time for the ball.
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I enjoyed listening to this book. I liked Al Gore reading more than I thought I would. He was extremely animated but his voice was also calming. Irene's mom is a dress maker but gets sick the night of the ball so Irene voluteers to deliver the dress herself. On the way there, Irene lives up to the title of the book by continuing to go to the palace in terrible weather, mean wind, a ton of snow and even gets lost. I'd love to read this book to children to teach a lesson of bravery. It could help them with something as simple as not being afraid to try something new or meet a new friend. ( )
  Haley_dennis | Apr 15, 2020 |
Really really stupid Irene. But persistent. I hope the duchess pays her bill. ( )
  quondame | Feb 11, 2020 |
Sweet story of a little girl who braves a fierce wind and snowstorm to help out her sick mom, a dressmaker, by delivering a dress to the duchess. Particular highlights included the little girl's caretaking of her mom, and the descriptions of her trudging through the snow despite the efforts of the wind -- including the wind literally sweeping the dress away from her. I also liked the drawings, which are not fairy tale glamorous, but funny lumpy. [return][return]All the characters were white, and the "kind nobility" thing is not my bag. But this is certainly a good substitute for a lot of fairy tales. ( )
  adaq | Dec 25, 2019 |
Irene loves her mother, who has worked very hard on a ballgown for the duchess. When her mother becomes ill, Irene convinces her to let her take the gown to the duchess. Plucky Irene bravely. sets off in a snow storm, with many an adventure along the way. ( )
  lisaladdvt | Jul 6, 2019 |
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Mrs. Bobbin, the dressmaker, was tired and had a bad headache, but she still managed to sew the last stitches in the gown she was making.
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