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Brave Irene Storytime Set

Brave Irene Storytime Set

Macmillan Young Listeners Story Time Sets

William Steig; Read by Meryl Streep

Macmillan Young Listeners


Trade Paperback

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.

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

Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, NYT Best Illustrated BOTY, Booklist Editors' Choice, Horn Book Magazine Fanfare List

Praise for Brave Irene Storytime Set

“In 'Brave Irene,' Streep's mellifluous voice transforms instantly from the even-toned narrator to the infuriating wind that tortures Irene.” —AudioFile on The One and Only Shrek

“Who could possibly resist this combination: Book by William Steig; narration by Meryl Streep? No one, I assure you between the ages of 3 and 103. It is sheer delight…Hearing [Streep] segue instantaneously from the voice of a superb narrator to a vicious wind is reason alone to cherish this audio.” —All Things Good and More

“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

“William Steig's Brave Irene has the timeless quality of a classic fairy tale.” —Publishers Weekly

“My children love to hear other people tell stories and having the CD's to go along has been amazing for my budding 5 year old. She has learned to read much more difficult words by following along with this CD. And of course, Meryl has a wonderful voice and is an excellent story teller.” —The Suburban Jungle


Reviews from Goodreads

William Steig; Read by Meryl Streep

William Steig (1907-2003) was a cartoonist, illustrator and author of award-winning books for children, including Shrek!, on which the DreamWorks movies are based; the Caldecott Medal-winner Sylvester and the Magic Pebble; The Caldecott Honor book The Amazing Bone; and the Newbury Honor Books Abel's Island and Doctor De Soto. Stieg also published thirteen collections of drawings for adults, including The Lonely Ones, Male/Female, and Our Miserable Life.

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