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Brave Irene: A Picture Book Hardcover – Picture Book, October 1, 1986

4.8 out of 5 stars 204 ratings

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Grade 1-4 Fans will enjoy this typical Steig myth, although it lacks the surprise and logic of his best stories. It isn't a fit night out for man nor beast when Irene pluckily forges on through wind and snow to deliver the ball gown that her ill mother has stitched for the duchess. The dramatic pictures of brave Irene's painful journey will engage children's sympathy, but children will also wonder why the dressmaker's child didn't stay home with her sick mother, however grateful the duchess was. The magic just isn't here. Anna Biagioni Hart, Sherwood Regional Library, Alexandria, Va.
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“Despite a raging snowstorm, Irene, a dressmaker's daughter, offers to deliver the duchess's newly finished ball gown...With sure writing and well-composed, riveting art, Steig keeps readers with Irene every step of the long way.” ―Starred, Booklist

“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

“As an artist and as a storyteller for children, Steig stands alone. In such classics as Amos and Boris, The Amazing Bone, Doctor De Soto, and many others, Steig presents a unique vision of the world-- a place full of joy and grand adventure, where terrible evil exists and the powerful forces of nature rule, but where beauty and magic make life special and meaningful.” ―Diane Roback, Newsday

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  • Lexile Measure : AD630L
  • Grade Level : Preschool - 3
  • Item Weight : 12.5 ounces
  • Hardcover : 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0374309477
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0374309473
  • Product Dimensions : 8.84 x 0.39 x 10.72 inches
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1st Edition (October 1, 1986)
  • Language: : English
  • Reading level : 4 - 8 years
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 204 ratings
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