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*Brave Irene (Book and CD)* by William Steig
Brave Irene (Book and CD)
by William Steig
Ages 4+ Unabridged Macmillan Young Listeners November 2011 Paperback and CD    

When dressmaker Mrs. Bobbin falls ill, her daughter Irene braves the cold, wind and snow to deliver the dress to the Duchess.

Award-winning author and illustrator William Steig tells an entertaining and touching tale about a young girl determined to help her sick mother by delivering the dress in time for the duchess’s ball. Irene’s courage is matched by her selflessness and determination as she pushes away thoughts of self-pity and fear, replacing them with loving thoughts about her mother and the desire not to disappoint the duchess.

Steig’s illustrations complement the descriptive language that introduces children to a large range of adjectives and verbs:
“The wind wrestled her for the package—walloped it, twisted it, shook it, snatched at it. But Irene wouldn’t yield.”
Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep reads with a well-paced and animated voice that brings Irene and her arduous journey and battle against the wind to life in an exciting and entertaining manner that captivates the listener.

Brave Irene is a delightful story suitable for children ages 4 and up. Five stars.

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