Sunday, January 8, 2012

Brave Irene Childrens Book and CD set Review and Giveaway


Have you read the story of Brave Irene by William Steig?  It was New York Times Book Review's Best Illustrated Book of the Year back in 1986. I was quite little back then, but I don't think I remember having the book read to me.  Well, now the book has been released with an audio cd voiced by Meryl Streep.  So if you haven't read the story, or want to read it again, you should pick up this package.

  My boys are a bit too young to read the book by themselves, although they are good readers.  I would normally have read it to them, but since we had the audio version we were excited to hear it. It was like having an actual storyteller right here in our living room.  

My son's school is big on oral reading, and audio versions are another perfect way to help improve your child's oral reading skills.  Sound strange?  How can listening to a story improve oral reading, you ask?  When you listen to Meryl Streep read the story she really tells the story. No boring hum ho reading here.  Hearing the words thoosh and thwump coming from her, make you feel the thooshing and thwumping!!  Your kids can hear how they should be reading a story, how they should be feeling the story. I pride myself on reading to my boys and I feel like I am a good oral reader, but now and again I think an audio book can be so much fun, plus I held up the book and we followed along as if I was reading.

So, what's this Brave Irene about?
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.

I am telling you that this girl is not only brave but determined.  She has one problem after another, but she keeps going.  This is definately a story showing a never give up attitude!!!

You can pick this up on amazon or look at many other fine retailers.
  Macmillan would like to give one lucky MyOKCMommy reader a book and cd set of Brave Irene.
Want to win?
Here's how?

Leave a comment telling me if you have ever read Brave Irene.

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Please leave separate comments, and direct all other comments or questions to my email.
Contest will end on January 29th at 8pm.



Thank you to Macmillan for my sample used in this review and for my winner's prize.  All comments are my own and honest.

50 comments:

Holly said...

I have read LOTS of books in my life, children's books and otherwise but I don't think I've read this one.

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fauxpaus said...

I've never read this!
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Julie Lynn Bickham said...

We have never read this story before, it looks like a great read.

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Sharon Wang said...

I haven't read Brave Irene before, but am always looking for new books

corey said...

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I've never read anything bu that author - but I'm open to anything.

Regina D said...

We've never read brave Irene

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Aileen said...

Never read it, but sounds like a great book. arobimom at gmail dot com

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Amy W. said...

I've never read Brave Irene. cwitherstine at zoominternet dot net

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Anonymous said...

I haven't read it yet but I'm sure my daughter would love it.
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Allen Family said...

I have never read Brave Irene before.
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Marci (joyfulheart26@hotmail.com) said...

no I haven't

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Diana Hatch said...

I have never read Brave Irene
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Shelly said...

No, but I would like to

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Brittany Boardley Renaldi said...

I have never read these books before.
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Ryan said...

I have read Brave Irene, and it is an excellent book! I'm sure hearing it read by Meryl Streep is even better!

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daivabaum said...

I have never read Brave Irene
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Kristie said...

I have never read Brave Irene, but would like to with the kiddos! :-)

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I like you on facebook. (Kristie Newton)

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The Dawson Family said...

I have never read Brave irene but my son loves books!!!

And we have never heard one on Cd, that would be a great change, thanks for the offer.

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Fb fan of yours

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cw said...

I have never read brave irene, but I have read other william steig books

jadavis said...

I have not read it
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