Brave Irene

Title: Brave Irene

Bibliography: Steig, W. (1986). Brave Irene. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Short Annotation: Irene’s mother, Mrs. Bobbin, is too sick to deliver the wonderful ball gown she’s made for the duchess to wear so Irene volunteers to tread through a huge snowstorm and get the dress to the palace that very evening.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: K-2

Readers who will like this book: Children who sometimes get frustrated when it comes to overcoming challenges, children who like adventure.

Personal response and rating: I really enjoyed this one. I think it was a cute, original story and demonstrates the power of not giving up and bravery. Rating: 5

Question: What does it mean to be brave? Has there ever been a moment where you had to be brave?

Reading Strategy:

a: Open-Mind Portraits

b: This reading strategy encourages students to think more deeply about the main character, Irene. The portraits have two parts: drawing the main character of the book and a “thinking” page where the students will draw and write about the character’s thoughts at key points in the story.

c: I think this strategy would be great to use with Brave Irene because the story really focuses on Irene. The students can connect to the not only the book, but the character a little more.

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