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Mirandy and Brother Wind by Patricia…

Mirandy and Brother Wind

by Patricia McKissack

Other authors: Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)

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As spring came around the corner, Mirandy noticed that Brother Wind was back. She then made it her point to have him as a partner in the county cakewalk. Mirandy went from house to house, asking everyone how to catch Brother Wind. No matter how she tried or how many ways people told her, she just could not catch him. Every time she failed, she would go to her friend Ezel and tell him of her failure. Finally after the whole day of trying and failing, Mirandy caught him! Just in time for the cakewalk too. She was told if you are able to catch him, he will "do your bidding." Mirandy entered the cakewalk with her head held high because she just knew she would win dancing with Brother Wind. After a while, she found a few friends and during their conversation they were laughing about Ezel. Ezel was a boy who had no balance, he could not even walk without tripping over his own feet. When he asked one of the girls to the cakewalk she laughed and said no but he never told Mirandy this. In that moment Mirandy knew what she needed to do! She was going to dance with Ezel, but for that she would need Brother Winds help. Mirandy and Ezel won the cakewalk and were talked about for weeks and weeks after. This book was illustrated wonderfully! I enjoyed the artwork so much. I thought that the way pages were full of movement to represent Brother Wind being present was perfect. I also enjoyed the style of artwork. It was not completely together in the sense that the lines were broken and also streaks. I thought this gave the book more of a natural feel to go with the story. I can see why it got awards for the illustration! ( )
  mlanford3 | Jan 27, 2016 |
"Mirandy and Brother Wind" received the 1989 Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award for illustrators. Two well deserved titles! Mirandy is a young African American girl hoping to win the cakewalk competition. To assure she wins, Mirandy makes it her goal to catch the wind. If a person catches Brother Wind, he will have to grant their wish. Her wish wish for him to be her dance partner at the cakewalk. However, Brother Wind is tough to catch. After many attempts, Mirandy finally catches him. She then arrives at the dance, and heard girls saying her friend Ezel is too clumsy to dance with. Instead of asking Brother Wind for the wish she originally planned to ask, she decided to ask the wind to help Ezel dance with ease. In the end, Mirandy and Ezel win the cakewalk thanks to the guidance of Brother Wind. Overall, this book was enjoyable to read. It contained eye-catching illustrations throughout the whole story. The reason I decided to read this book was because of the detailed picture on the cover. I was definitely not disappointed when I opened to read it, because the illustrations inside the book were even better. Every page has pictures that go along with the the story perfectly. Just by looking at the pictures and not reading the text, I am able to understand what is happening. Also, the detail of the clothing made it clear this story takes place in the 1900s. The illustrator, Jerry Pinkney, clearly put his heart into each page of this story. I would love to find more books he has illustrated! ( )
  hjaber | Jan 24, 2016 |
Caldecott Honor (1989), Coretta Scott King Award for Illustrator (1989)
  Liz_Haggerty | Jul 28, 2015 |
Use with older kids for personification.
Fun to read aloud because of Southern sayings and language.
Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Award
  JohnsonTam | Jul 6, 2015 |
A good old-fashioned book about a girl and a ghost. In the story there called Brother wind and appears from time to time. The biggest event in the story is dancing and family traditions. This book does a wonderful job of uniting family members together. A k-3 book. ( )
  sabdelaz | Apr 14, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0679883339, Paperback)

Illus. in full color."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.  

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To win first prize in the Junior Cakewalk, Mirandy tries to capture the wind for her partner.

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