Brave Irene

Brave Irene

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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.

Brave Irene is a 1986 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1986
ISBN: 9780374309473
Branch Call Number: JP Steig
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : ill


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Mar 09, 2018

This story is about a little girl who risks her life in the snow to bring a party dress to a duchess. When the wind blows open the box and the dress flies away, the child treks through the blizzard and storm across a mountain with an empty box to explain to the duchess that the dress escaped her. At one point, the child is completely buried in an embankment. The child was indeed brave. However, what kind of message does it send that a child's life should be risked over an aristocrat's party dress? If you read this to your children, be prepared to discuss issues of class and why a child would risk her life over a material object. I found this book more sad that inspiring.

Feb 21, 2018

This book is adorable!

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Apr 01, 2009

awake88 thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over


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