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Mirandy and Brother Wind

by Patricia McKissack, Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)

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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 |
Mirandy and Brother Wind by Patricia McKissack

Summary: This story is about an African American girl who is going to be in a cakewalk, which in the author’s note, is a tradition brought over by the slaves. She is trying to catch Brother Wind to seal her win at the cakewalk.

Personal Reaction: I think this book was really cute! It is a fun way to introduce a culture and a tradition that may be foreign to many students.

Classroom Extensions: 1) Have a classroom cakewalk with the students or even a grade-wide cake walk.
2) Have each student discuss something their family does that others may not do with the class. Have them bring things that help support their story, like food or pictures. ( )
  Skylerdabney | Mar 26, 2014 |
Mirandy is all excited about the Cake Walk dance coming up. She wants the wind to be her partner so she can win. However, she can not catch the wind she still goes on a quest to ask friends and neighbors how to find the wind before the cake walk.

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I liked this book and Mirandy it showed how determined of a girl she was and how hard work pays off.

Extensions:
1. Have a cake walk for the class.
2. Show kids how you to work hard to get things accomplished and be successful.
  kristendickerson | Mar 21, 2014 |
I didn't really understand this book, and found it to be a little confusing towards the end. I feel that younger students might have a hard time grasping the idea of the book as well. Also the language that the book is written in is not of the norm so children might not get the words. ( )
  TBegum1 | Sep 19, 2013 |
Summary: Mirandy is getting ready for the cakewalk and needs a partner. She's hoping that for the cakewalk she catches Brother Wind and make him her partner because she's guaranteed to win. The cakewalk in this story is an African-American tradition of competitive line dancing, not the modern carnival game. Mirandy catches Brother Wind and wins the cakewalk.

Personal Reactions: I love the was the illustrator made wind something lifeless and make it so lifelike. The way the pictures are illlustrated makes it easy for students to connect with. All of the colors in the book are vibrant and clear. Also, I love how the author gave a background into some of her family history which is what this book and story is based off of.

Classroom Extension Ideas: 1. I would let the students get into pairs and line dance for a fun activity.
2. The students could take the recipe from the book and try and make a cake for their very own Cakewalk! ( )
  miraclerussell | Feb 13, 2013 |
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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.  

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:05:37 -0400)

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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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