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Mirandy and Brother Wind

Mirandy and Brother Wind

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by Patricia C. McKissack, Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)

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“Each page sparkles with life.”—The New York Times Book Review
In this Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award winning tale, Mirandy is determined to capture the best partner for the junior cakewalk jubilee. And who is the best partner? The wind, of course!
Grandmama Beasley says, “Can’t nobody


“Each page sparkles with life.”—The New York Times Book Review
In this Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award winning tale, Mirandy is determined to capture the best partner for the junior cakewalk jubilee. And who is the best partner? The wind, of course!
Grandmama Beasley says, “Can’t nobody put shackles on Brother Wind, chile. He be special. He be free.” With neighbors up and down Ridgetop suggesting all manner of strategies, and friend Ezel laughing at each foiled one, Mirandy grows ever more determined: she’ll get hold of that Brother Wind yet!
            Patricia C. McKissack’s thoroughly engaging tale dances with spirit and rollicking good humor. Complemented by Jerry Pinkney’s rich, eye-catching watercolors of the rural South, here’s one of those rare, rewarding picture books that is sure to be read and enjoyed again and again.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As a prefatory note explains, this picture book was inspired by a photo of the author's grandparents winning a cakewalk``a dance rooted in Afro-American culture''and her grandfather's boast that, in her dancing, his wife had captured the wind. In the book, Mirandy determines to catch Brother Wind and have him for her partner in the upcoming junior cakewalk. She tries a number of tactics springing from folk wisdom, and finally succeeds in trapping her prey in the barn. At the contest, Mirandy chooses to dance with her friend Ezelbut, with Brother Wind to do her bidding, the two friends win the cakewalk in style. Told in spirited dialect and rendered in lavish, sweeping watercolors, this provides an intriguing look at a time gone by. As a story, however, it proves somewhat disappointing. After the colorful description of cakewalking in the author's note and the anticipation created through Mirandy's own eagerness, the brief and rather static scenes portraying the dance itself are a letdown. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3 Sultry watercolor washes in a realistic flowing style spread luxuriously and consistently over every two pages in this story set in the rural south. Young Mirandy wants to win her town's cakewalk jubilee, a festive dance contest. (According to the ``Author's Note,'' this dance was ``first introduced in America by slaves. . .and is rooted in Afro-American culture.'') Everyone says that if she captures the Wind he will do her bidding, but nobody seems to know how to capture him. In the end, Mirandy does believe that she has captured Brother Wind, but she also proves that she is a true friend to clumsy Ezel. McKissack's sincere belief in the joy of living is delightfully translated into this story which concludes, ``When Grandmama Beasley had seen Mirandy and Ezel turning and spinning, moving like shadows in the flickering candlelight, she'd thrown back her head, laughed, and said, `Them chullin' is dancing with the Wind!' '' A captivating story, with a winning heroine, told in black dialect. Gratia Banta, Germantown Public Library, Ohio

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Random House Children's Books
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9.00(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.20(d)
690L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Patricia C. McKissack is the author of over twenty children's books, including The Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural, which was a Newbery Honor book and a Coretta Scott King Award winner, and the All I’ll Ever Want Christmas Doll. She has also received the Coretta Scott King Award for A Long Hard Journey: The Story of Pullman Porter and Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters. Patricia currently lives in St. Louis.

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Mirandy and Brother Wind 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.