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Mirandy and Brother Wind

by Patricia McKissack

Other authors: Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)

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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 |
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.

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 |
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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.  

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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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