Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Brave Irene by Willaim Steig; Read by Meryl Streep

    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.

    As many know, Steig was an outstanding artist who not only drew for The New Yorker for a number of years but also wrote children’s books that garnered a galaxy of honors.  Need we say who Meryl Streep is?  Well, just in case: she’s one terrific actress who has won two Academy Awards and holds the record for the most nominations.  Hearing her segue instantaneously from the voice of a superb narrator to a vicious wind is reason alone to cherish this audio.

    Irene is as the title suggests a courageous little girl; her story is one of love and bravery.  Her mother is Irene Bobbin, a dressmaker, who has just finished a ball gown for the duchess to wear that evening.  Unfortunately, she doesn’t feel well at the moment to young Irene volunteers to get the ball gown to the palace in time for the big event.  Little does she know all of the obstacles that will stand in her way as well as a brutal wind determined to stop her.

    Youngsters will find a worthy heroine in Irene and adults will smile with pleasure.

    Highly recommended.

    - Gail Cooke

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