Mirandy and Brother Windby Patricia C. McKissack, Jerry Pinkney
"Mirandy is sure she'll win the cake walk if she can catch Brother Wind for her partner, but he eludes all the tricks her friends advise. This gets a high score for plot, pace, and characterization. Mirandy sparkles with energy and determination. Multi-hued watercolors fill the pages with patterned ferment. A treat to pass on to new generations."(starred) Bulletin, Center for Children's Books. Cassette running time: 20 min.
Meet the Author
Award winning author Patricia McKissack comes from a family of skilled storytellers, who taught her to listen and observe and who encouraged her life-long love affair with words. The Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural was a 1993 Newbery Honor Book. Pat also received the Coretta Scott King Award in 1993 for The Dark Thirty. Pat wishes she could have talked to her hero, Frederick Douglass, about his rise from slavery, his daring escape, and freedom -- at last! If she was not an author, Pat would like to be an interior designer or an architect so she could tell stories through design.
Pat frequently collaborates on books with her husband, Fredrick. They have three sons and live in St. Louis, Missouri.
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My grandchildren, ages 6 and 8 years, enjoyed reading this book; particularly after attending the play (by the same name) in Atlanta, Ga. Brother Wind became a big topic with the children and their parents. The teachable moments from reading this book were priceless. This book is written in a language form which caused the children to ask questions. However, the brief history lesson here was appreciated. This is indeed a book to share with others.
This is a great cultural book about a girl named Mirandy who really wants to win the junior cake walk. Her Ma told her ¿that whoever catches the Wind can make him do their bidding.¿ Mirandy asks her Grandmama Beasley, all of her neighbors, and Mis Poinsettia how she could catch Brother Wind so that he could be her partner at the junior cakewalk. Grandma Beasley said ¿can¿t nobody put shackles on Brother Wind, chile. He be special. He be free.¿ None of the neighbors thought she would be able to catch Brother Wind. Her clumsy friend Ezel also wanted to be her partner for the junior cakewalk but she was so interested in catching Brother Wind that he didn¿t have the nerve to ask her. When she went to Mis Poinsetia so she could give her a potion to catch Brother Wind, but it didn¿t work. What is she going to do? Who will her partner be for the junior cakewalk? Will it be Brother Wind or clumsy Ezel? I loved reading this book. It was very enjoyable and fun to read. Patricia C. McKissack writes mostly historical fiction books about African Americans. Her intention for writing these books is to increase the self-esteem and encourage African American children. She uses ideas from her family to write her stories.
Ever thought you could cage the wind? That is just exactly what Mirandy attempts in this beautiful story. She is attending her first cakewalk and intends to have Brother Wind as her dancing partner. Throughout the book she gets the advice of several people to trap the wind, many attempts being unsuccessful. Along with the story being great, the illustrations that make up the pages of this beautiful book are breathtaking. It is definitely clear why this book won a Caldecott Honor Medal. ¿Swish, Swish, Swoosh Swoosh,¿ went the wind through most of this story, read this beautiful book to see if Mirandy is ever able to actually cage Brother Wind to be her dancing partner, the ending is perfect. The author of this book Patricia C. McKissack often writes historical fiction about African Americans. She often collaborates with members of family to write her stories. She says that she writes her stories to promote self-esteem and to inspire African American children. This book is just one beautiful example of how she does this.