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Brave Irene
Contributor(s): Steig, William
ISBN: 0374309477     ISBN-13: 9780374309473
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
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Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: October 1986
Annotation: A" New York Times" Best Illustrated Book of the Year
"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.

Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Blizzards; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Nature & The Natural World | Weather
- Juvenile Fiction | Royalty
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 86080957
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.75" H x 8.75" W x 0.50" (0.95 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 17512
Reading Level: 3.9   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q14008
Reading Level: 3.5   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 2.0
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Contributor Bio(s):

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. Steig was born in New York City. Every member of his family was involved in the arts, and so it was no surprise when he decided to become an artist. He attended City College and the National Academy of Design. In 1930, Steig's work began appearing in The New Yorker, where his drawings have been a popular fixture ever since. He published his first children's book, Roland the Minstrel Pig, in 1968.

In 1970, Steig received the Caldecott Medal for Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. His books for children also include Dominic; The Real Thief; The Amazing Bone, a Caldecott Honor Book; Amos & Boris, a National Book Award finalist; and Abel's Island and Doctor De Soto, both Newbery Honor Books. Steig's books have also received the Christopher Award, the Irma Simonton Black Award, the William Allen White Children's Book Award, and the American Book Award. His European awards include the Premio di Letteratura per l'infanzia (Italy), the Silver Pencil Award (the Netherlands), and the Prix de la Fondation de France. On the basis of his entire body of work, Steig was selected as the 1982 U.S. candidate for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Illustration and subsequently as the 1988 U.S. candidate for Writing.

Stieg also published thirteen collections of drawings for adults, beginning with About People in 1939, and including The Lonely Ones, Male/Female, The Agony in the Kindergarten, and Our Miserable Life.

He died in Boston at the age of 95.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1988 April #2)
When her mother, a dressmaker, falls ill, indomitable Irene fights a raging snowstorm to deliver a dress in time for the duchess's ball. A Michael di Capua Book. Ages 3-up. (April) Copyright 1988 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1986 December)
Gr 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. Copyright 1986 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1992 August)
PreS-Gr 3-- Irene must deliver a dress made especially for the duchess for the grand ball that evening. Pale full-color drawings illustrate the girl's bravery as she battles the wind and snow to reach the palace. Steig's clever use of language and colorful vocabulary is not lost here. An excellent read-aloud choice. Copyright 1992 Cahners Business Information.