Irene's mother had just finished the last stitch on the dress she was making. Her mother needed to get the dress to the duchess for her ball that night, but her mother was not feeling well and was very tired. Irene told her mother she would take the dress to the duchess. Irene had to walk a good distance in the windy, thick snow. The dress blows out of the box she was carrying and she fell and hurt her foot. With much bravery, she continues her journey without the dress. She was lost and out of hope, until she thought about her mother. She then continues her journey and finds the duchess's house and the dress her mother had made was clinging to a tree. I would use this book for 1st-3rd grade and have them determine the main idea and supporting details.