Brave Irene Book & CD (read by Meryl Streep) Review

picture of Brave Irene by William Steig and Read by Meryl Streep

If you want to teach your kids about perseverance, then Brave Irene is for you. This delightful children’s book and accompany CD read by Meryl Streep reads like a classic book with eloquence.

picture of Brave Irene by William Steig and Read by Meryl Streep
Brave Irene by William Steig and Read by Meryl Streep

My 6 year old, Elijah is really doing well at reading this year – thanks to amazing teachers! We read a lot at home too, always have. Elijah was excited to see we had a new book. Although this is a book that is at his reading level, he enjoys looking at it on his own and of course reading with us.

The eloquence in writing style in Brave Irene is uncommon in many modern books for children. William Stegi, the author is able to reach out to kids ages 4-8 with a fantastic storyline with a well composed usage of words.  Many kids books today lack proper English and descriptive words. I think it is good to expose kids (even young kids) to a variety of literature and writing styles for many reasons, including vocabulary development.

Reading Brave Irene

Brave Irene is not only a good book to read but with the included CD read by Meryl Streep, the story comes alive! We have listened to the CD both with the book in front of us to follow along with the illustrations and alone. We especially like to listen to CDs like this during car rides.  The voice of Meryl Streep is so animated throughout the book that kids will be glued to the story. As an adult, I enjoyed listening to the story because of the talented voice behind the story.

Reading Brave Irene
Reading is allowed- even though the CD is outstanding!

On to the story! Brave Irene is about the perseverance of a little girl. Irene is the daughter of a dress making who has made a gown for the duchess. The dress must be delivered to the duchess for that evening’s ball, however he mom becomes ill. Irene volunteers to help her mom and deliver the dress through a terrible snow storm. She could have given up at any time and not be at fault, but through many difficulties, she perseveres.  Trudging through snow above her head, she carries the precious gown through the storm.

With a burst of wind, the box falls out of her hands and the dress blows away. She should have given up but she continues on to tell the duchess what had happened. What a brave and loving girl – she loves her mama! When Irene arrives reaches the duchess’ palace, the dress was blown against the tree! Her perseverance was rewarded! The duchess loved the dress, invited Irene to the ball and returned her home in a horse drawn sleigh with a doctor for her mom and goodies to enjoy.

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Buy Brave Irene

For kids ages 4-8. You can buy Brave Irene on the publisher website or on $6.99 paperback, $16.99 hardcover, and $1.99 audio, $9.99 book and CD


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