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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'sBrave 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....

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Brave Irene Reviews

  • Roya
    2018-12-23 05:56

    One of my favourite books as a kid was Brave Irene. The story is about a girl who has to deliver a dress to the duchess in the midst of a snowstorm. It's a lovely representation of a daughter's love for her mother. The first few pages always get to me even though the story isn't sad. It's one of the few books that still has me feeling the same way I did when it was first read to me.

  • Eddie Watkins
    2019-01-16 10:48

    Almost experimental in its adherence to tedium, as a good 2/3rds of the book is dedicated to Irene's monotonous trek through a snowy forest to deliver her sick mom's handmade gown to the duchess in time for the ball; no supernatural intrusions, no animals, no mythic nomadic hunters, nothing, just Irene sruggling against the elements page after page; the sun goes down and the snow goes from white to grey (my daughter points at the greyly depicted nocturnal snow and calls it mud), the gown is blown away by the "wicked" wind (the one slight touch of anti-naturalism, but natural in a child), and Irene finally makes it to the palace (nice glimpse of it on one earlier page glimmering in the corner in the distance), finds the gown plastered to a tree by the wind, and delivers it just in time for the ball which is well represented on a climactic two page spread (as my daughter's eyes dance across the dancing figures she says "I can't hear the music" which is so touching and magical I can hardly bear it as it transports me to a kind of primordial imaginative apprehension of art - kids can take us back to beginnings), then ends on the downswing with a slightly mysterious bearded doctor arriving on a santa's sleigh to tend to Irene's sick mother.

  • Lisa Vegan
    2019-01-05 07:00

    Well, hmm, this book is sort of weird. I saw it on a shelf at the library and I liked the cover illustration and so I gave it a try.I did like the pictures. My favorite is of Irene by the fire eating and the two dogs looking at her, and most of the outdoor scenes, but all of the illustrations were ones I’d have loved as a kid, including all the details of Irene’s and her mother’s house and the palace interior and people also.But why the heck doesn’t the duchess send her people to come get the gown and why would (brave but foolhardy?) Irene do this, and why would her mother let her?! I guess it’s because they were poor and absolutely needed the money. At least Irene was well treated at her destination. (Sorry if that’s a spoiler, but this is a picture book for children. Goodreads members, presumably older than the picture book set, might want to know this if they’re planning this one to read to their children.)And I loved the illustrations of what the wind was doing but the wind being call wicked? That was sort of peculiar too. And there was one very scary & depressing part that might be too much for young kids.I guess I don’t get it, that I’m nearly alone here, as I checked the ratings breakdown for this book and the Goodreads’ readers say: 43% gave it 5 stars, 31% gave it 4 stars, only another 20% gave it 3 stars, and only 4% gave it 2 stars, and not enough readers gave it 1 star to say it’s above 0%. Maybe it’s my mood. I generally rate high. But I did like parts of it, quite a bit. But I personally wouldn’t make a point of recommending this book to anyone.

  • Cora
    2019-01-20 08:58

    This was one of the books I used for my author's study for my high comprehension students in small group. Great book and I included Shrek, Dr. Desoto and Amos and Boris for this study. Had.a lot it!Update October 18, 2017: Per my second graders - I liked it because she was brave and she didn't give up. I liked it because she's cool.

  • Dorothy Carder
    2019-01-14 05:41

    I felt this was a great tale in the fictional genre of picture books, probably geared towards upper elementary school children. It reminded me of how I like to take care of my own mom, and so as a daughter I could relate to the book and felt I may have even read it while I was growing up in school since the copyright year is 1986. I am thinking it also may be more geared towards girls considering that context as well. I felt the author depicted Irene as a very responsible and mature little girl. There were some memorable quotes in the book that I also took note of, such as "It's my mother's work!" when Irene shouts this to the wind that she is having a battle with who is trying to wrestle the boxed dress her mother made out of her hands. It's a great book to read during the winter months, too. The illustrations were exciting to me because they made me think the illustrator drew (in particular Irene's bedroom) as they would want a little girl's bedroom to look.

  • Amalie
    2018-12-28 08:39

    I'm currently experiencing a wonderful opportunity of having free access to some of the best picture books ever written.This one is called 'Brave Irene', a little girl who truly loves her mother. This is pretty much a fairy tale. It has such good vocabulary words as well as such a nice lesson. Putting other people first and doing your best is always the best thing to do. It has a very happy ending, too.

  • Kandra
    2018-12-27 11:00

    We love this wintertime tale of a little girl braving the elements to help her Mama. William Steig has a knack for tapping into something strange and adventurous as kids interact with the adult world.

  • Karen
    2019-01-18 08:00

    Such a wonderful story of perseverance. We have read this book many times. Part of the building character books from Beautiful Feet....krb 7/24/15Jacob read for his November Pizza Hut reading challenge. He rated this 2 stars..krb 11/1/16

  • June
    2019-01-09 09:00

    Read this to a second grade class and it went over well. It is a story I really enjoy, but a bit long for story times so this worked out well. I used to show it when we had preschool movies and it was quite popular.

  • Julie
    2018-12-29 08:56

    This is a new addition to our children's library. It's a great book about perseverance and courage. Strong female roles are represented here, both in the mother and the daughter. Would probably be a particularly good book for a single mother/daughter household. Ideal for ages 4-6.

  • Davin Thompson-williams
    2019-01-01 10:59

    Irene gets 5 stars! She took care of her sick mother, braved the storm, fought the wind and delivered the package. She was amazing and that's why she was successful!

  • Lizzie
    2019-01-14 09:47

    Irene vs nature. Spoiler: Irene wins!

  • momma.hailey
    2019-01-15 12:07

    While I'm not particularly fond of Steig's illustrations, the story is very special. What a beautiful example of perseverance, determination, and thoughtfulness.

  • Christabelle
    2019-01-11 11:47

    This book was fun and engaging as well. My children love stories where the hero overcomes the odds and moves into a happy ending. Sometimes challenges are just there for you to climb over them.

  • Sarah
    2019-01-02 10:40

    I like this story because it features an ordinary girl who rises to the occasion and does what needs to be done. It was one of our Summer Reading titles, though it is not very summery.

  • Erica
    2019-01-04 08:43

    One of my favorite books, discovered with my daughter when she was 4 years old and had the capacity to sit for longer picture books. We both loved it and read it over and over. Quite long, though - and very purposefully so, because you really experience the feeling of wanting to give up, but knowing there is no respite until you reach safety. Irene gets some breaks, as well as bad luck, but the payoff is that she gets not only treats but also her mother's love, gratitude, and respect at the end. Inspiring and wonderful.

  • Lana Jackson
    2019-01-11 09:04

    "Brave Irene" is a beautifully illustrated story of a young girl whose courage and determination lead her to overcome a snowstorm and fierce winds to accomplish her mission, delivering the ball gown to the duchess in time for the big party. Irene is a delightful and honorable girl with modern day characteristics.

  • Jess
    2019-01-06 04:49

    September 2017 - we listened to the audio recording by Meryl Streep first, and I definitely heard her voice in my head while reading it aloud. It's both a quiet story and a story of bravery, and if he were a new author today, someone would probably want to edit down Steig's wordy storytelling, and it would a shame to lose all those perfectly chosen words.

  • Thabata
    2019-01-07 03:57

    The illustrations and all of its colouring reminded me of Quentin Blake — both in style as in tone. This book was fairly surprising for it brought more adventure and perils than I have ever dared to imagine upon reading the very first page. What once was a bit dull (despite the freshness of its artwork), it became quite graceful, with a happy ending.

  • Elizabeth Finney
    2019-01-13 05:58

    FEELS like a nonfiction, esp since so laconically written. Grit and determination. Also she owns her choices! I think would work as a readaloud - esp good since so much snow and cold weather lately as

  • Alyssa Hunt
    2019-01-12 11:03

    Irene's mother feels to sick to bring her favorite dress to the ball. She won't let Irene take the dress to the ball because it was a long way and it had just started snowing. Her trip proves a tough one and the wind just won't give her a break. Will she make it...?

  • Holly
    2019-01-03 03:51

    This book was a story about a brave girl who travel in the snow to deliver a dress. I love her perseverance in the story and the artwork is really well done. I would read this book in maybe a 3rd-4th grade classroom. William Steig does a great job with the story line and the pictures.

  • Assia
    2019-01-06 03:59

    It's a good story to teach the kids (as for adults you can see the suffering amidst that long lonely journey we call life or while achieving goals) but I bet if you show this to the kids of this generation they would ask something like "why didn't Irene order an Uber?".

  • Kat
    2019-01-02 03:47

    Read this when I was a child. Saw it at the library and remembered it. Nothing impressive but not bad.

  • Sarah
    2019-01-14 08:05

    Read it in Spanish!Didn't know all the words though...Now my head kinda hurts...

  • Lili Rucker
    2019-01-01 10:55

    It was pretty good

  • Mindi
    2019-01-09 11:50

    Read this for my daughters summer reading list. Excellent book with strong female protagonist. She loved it.

  • Breana
    2018-12-27 07:54

    Brave Irene is a story that portrays admiral character traits in a young girl. It's a great story for teaching character lessons to primary age children.

  • Amy
    2019-01-06 08:04

    A cute story about a girl helping her sick mother.

  • Breea Holdcroft
    2019-01-04 06:58

    This book has great illustrations! It is very real life from a story standpoint. We have all tried to do something and something else gets in our way. But then we are able to overcome the struggles.