Mirandy and Brother Wind

Mirandy and Brother Wind


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"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679883333
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 01/28/1997
Series: Random House Dragon Tales Series
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 364,849
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.14(d)
Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About 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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Mirandy and Brother Wind 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 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.
lpeal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story about a girl named Mirandy. She thinks that she can catch the wind, which everyone else calls the Brother Wind. A tell says that if you can catch Brother wind you can make make him do anything you want. She want sti catch him so that she can go to the cake walk with her friend Ezel, who is usually clumsy but this time he does the best he has ever done. THis is a great book that says that says a dreams are possible.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So Mirandy wants to win the "cakewalk", a dancing contest. She knows that if she captures Mister Wind she can get him to grant a wish, and that's just what she sets out to do - wish him into dancing with her. There's a very satisfying conclusion here, nothing much to say.
aprilcm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story about a young girl carrying on tradition of cake walking (dancing around and being judged in order to win a cake) encounters a problem when trying to get her perfect dance partner. She heard her grandmama say that if you have Brother Wind on your side he will do your bidding. So, Mirandy tries all kinds of ways to catch the wind but he keeps alluding her. She tells her troubles to a male friend who is amused by the situation yet really would like to be her partner. This book won a Caldecott Honor and a Coretta Scott King award. The author's note describes how cake walks stem from slaves. This is a beautifully written and illustrated book with a lovely ending!
anita.west on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mirandy and Brother Wind is a story about a little girl (Mirandy) and her desire to be the big winner at the local cakewalk jubilee. Mirandy is told that if she can capture Brother Wind and take him as her dance partner to the cakewalk, she would be a sure winner. Mirandy set out on an adventure to catch Brother Wind, but in most instances he swooshed or whooshed away. She eventually was able to catch Brother Wind and she did win the cakewalk ¿ but Brother Wind was not her partner. You will have to read the story to see how she won and who she danced with that night.In this story, the author and the illustrator have incorporated clothing and language in a way that leads the reader to the assumption that this story takes place in the early 1900¿s, thus is historical fiction. The author also included a note about how the cakewalk was first introduced by American slaves and was a dance rooted in Afro-American culture. I loved the author¿s note because it helped me to connect to the author and the story itself. I learned about where the cakewalk originated from which was neat because I always enjoyed the cakewalks when we would go to a function that had one. As classroom extension ideas I would first host a cakewalk in our classroom. I could have the student¿s bring in cakes and then host the cake walk as a dance competition, as the book suggested, then host a cakewalk in the manner that I am used to where you walk in a circle of numbers and when the music stops they pick a number and if you are on that number you win a cake. I think the students would really like this activity. Second, I could have the students tell or write about a tradition in their culture or family that they think is fun.
Arianna21 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Primary/IntermediateGenre: Folktale- I said this was a folktale but I'm not really sure. I think this is a folktale because it was said in the book that people believed that Brother Wind could be caught and you could get a wish from him. I wasn't sure if this was a story that had been retold time and time again or not.Character: Mirandy is very strong willed. She is round- we know her character and we know what she is trying to do- get a date for the cake walk.
Brooke28 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Award Winner...A black girl is excitedly awaits for her fist cakewalk. Very beautiful pictures and rich language used.
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.