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Brave Irene - Storytime Kit

Hello everyone! We hope you are all excited for Brave Irene by William Steig!

Leanna and I have put together a bunch of fun activities and crafts for the little ones. Starting on Tuesday, January 19th (today), the kits will be available to pick up for our online storytime.

Borrow a copy of Brave Irene, and have fun doing the activities. Please return the book to the library; everything else is yours to keep!!

"Brave Irene" by William Steig

’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.”

You will have the book read to you by former vice president, Al Gore. He did such a great job, we hope you enjoy his reading as much as we did!

Kits include:

  • a borrowed copy of Brave Irene by William Steig

  • information page

  • colors game (5 colored snowflakes)

  • a flyer for this website

  • 2 activity pages

  • 3 coloring pages

  • rhymes/song pages with web links (bells included)

  • a Brave Irene snowstorm craft

  • 3 magnets from the story

  • stickers

HANDOUT GAMES – play with included snowflake handouts

Can You Show Me…?

(tune: “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush”)

Can you show me the blue snowflake?

Blue snowflake, blue snowflake?

Can you show me the blue snowflake?

And wave it in the air?

Pink… white… purple… gray

Hold It High – Choose one snowflake from handouts

Hold your snowflake high and stand

Now wave it around in gestures grand!

Hold your snowflake below your chin

Now hold it way up high again

Hold your snowflake against your nose

Now touch the snowflake to your toes

Touch your snowflake to the ground

Now wave that snowflake all around!

Hold your snowflake in front of you

Now turn around – one time, two!

Hold your snowflake and jump up high!

Now let your snowflake fly fly fly (throw it in the air)

SONGS & INSTRUMENTuse included instruments

Snowman Dance by Sing Play Create

The Snow Song by HiDino Kids Songs

Snowman Freeze by The Learning Station

Clothes by Pinkfong

BOUNCE RHYME (bounce along with child in lap)

Getting Dressed

First we pull on a shirt over your head

(pat child's belly)

Then we put on a pair of pants

(pat child's legs)

We pull up your socks

(tickle/pat feet)

and do a little dance!

(dance child on your lap)

Don’t you look neat with shiny shoes on your feet?

(pat child's feet)

On your head, we put a hat of brightest red.

(pat top of child's head)

A jacket for last and what do you say?

Hip, hip, hooray!

(wave hands in the air)

You're all dressed to play!

(clap hands)



("Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star")

Snowflakes, snowflakes, dance around,

Snowflakes, snowflakes, touch the ground.

Snowflakes, snowflakes, in the air.

Snowflakes, snowflakes, everywhere.

Snowflakes, snowflakes, dance around,

Snowflakes, snowflakes, touch the ground.

Dressing for Winter

This is how we dress on a cold winter's day.

We put on our snowsuits to go out to play.

Then we put on our boots for walking in the snow.

Next, our hats and our mittens, 'cause the wind begins to blow.

And now we're all ready to go out and play.

We'll stay nice and warm on this cold winter day!

Melting Snowmen

Here's a snowman round and fat;

(make circle with arms)

Out comes the sun and melts his hat.

(touch head)

Here's a snowman with a scarf of red;

Out comes the sun and melts his head.

(touch head)

Here's a snowman, fit as a fiddle;

Out comes the sun and melts his middle.

(touch stomach)

Here's a snowman who waits for dawn;

Out comes the sun and he's all gone!

(sit down on the floor)

Snowky Pokey

(“Hokey Pokey”)

You put your right mitten in,

You take your right mitten out,

You put your right mitten in

and you shake it all about.

You do the Snowky pokey

and you turn yourself around.

That's what it's all about.

Additional versus:

*left mitten

*your scarf

*your boots

*your hat

*your snowsuit


Macmillan’s page on William Steig:

Dress Up Games from PBS Kids:

Sid the Science Kid’s Snow Search Game on PBS Kids:

Let us know what your little ones thought of Brave Irene! What did they think of the activities? Do you have any suggestions for us?

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