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Mirandy and Brother Wind

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  701 Ratings  ·  97 Reviews
“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 ne
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Paperback, 32 pages
Published January 13th 1997 by Dragonfly Books (first published 1988)
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Luann
Even though I'm not a big fan of the wind (I live in a very windy place), I like how Jerry Pinkney has illustrated the wind here! The wind is treated as very nearly a real person in the text, and I like that he is illustrated as very nearly a real person as well. This is a fun one! I knew how it was going to end, but I still enjoyed reading it. I also really liked the author's note at the beginning so that we know Patricia McKissack's grandparents were cakewalk winners, and we are given a little ...more
Jenny
Mirandy wants to capture brother wind so he will be her dance partner for the cake walk. She tries several tricks to catch him...it's not so easy. But finally she has caught the wind. Then when another girl says unkind things about her friend Ezel, she makes a wish on the wind and asks Ezel to dance. She is a true friend. Cute story and I liked learning a bit about the history of the cake walk. I like the illustrations but the portrayal of the wind as almost human is a bit odd to me. (Don't misu ...more
Darcy Tedford
Oct 20, 2014 Darcy Tedford rated it really liked it
This story is about a little African American girl who wants to win the town cakewalk by dancing with the wind. She spends all day trying to catch the wind to make him her partner. In the meanwhile her goofy friend Ezel can’t find anyone to dance with him because he is so clumsy, and he teases her about trying to catch Brother Wind, but she is determined. She finally outwits him by trapping him in the barn, after many failed attempts, so now he must grant her a wish. When other girls are joking ...more
Dolly
Sep 11, 2016 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is an entertaining tale about a young girl who wants Brother Wind to be her dance partner at the cakewalk. The narrative is entertaining and begs to be read with a southern accent. And Jerry Pinkney's illustrations are terrific.

Our girls have participated in several different cakewalks, mostly at school festivals. Their experiences with cakewalks were very different than what is described in this book, and it was very interesting to learn more about the historical background of this event.
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Mariah Mathews
Oct 23, 2014 Mariah Mathews rated it it was amazing
Mirandy and Brother Wind is a story about an African American girl that wanted to win a cake walk. She spends all day trying to catch the wind to make him her partner so she could have a better chance of winning. Ezel, her goofy friend can’t find anyone to dance with him because he is so clums. He teases her about trying to catch Brother Wind, but she is determined. She finally outwits him by trapping him in the barn, after many failed attempts, so now he must grant her a wish. When other girls ...more
Madie Marie
Apr 04, 2016 Madie Marie added it
Shelves: picture
Picture book number 8- In this book Mirandy is getting ready for a cake walk and she wants brother wind to be her partner. Mirandy's grandmother tells here that whoever can catch brother wind can make them do their bidding. She tells her grandmother that she is going to do just that. She is going to win the cakewalk by dancing with the wind. The next day, Mirandy sets out to try and catch brother wind when she meets Ezel who almost asks if she would be his partner for the cake walk but heard abo ...more
Chris
Jun 22, 2014 Chris rated it it was ok
I will not be able to use this award winning book in my primary grade classroom. An overview of the story sounds innocent; a young girl wants to win a dance contest, decides to catch the wind to be her partner, but then feels sorry for a clumsy boy who wants to dance with her, and she convinces the wind to help both of them win. A closer reading reveals cultural stereotypes that could be damaging to my young readers. The story is set in the rural South about 1900, and the author writes dialog fo ...more
Jasmine Lambert
Dec 07, 2015 Jasmine Lambert rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tch-lrn-307, cskaward
I have to start this review with saying I personally really enjoyed this book! Drew very connected with adventerous spunky Mirandy, and Brother Wind, both were characters with much personality. Little Mirandy is faithful that she will be able to catch Brother Wind and have him as her partner for her very first cake walk that evening. Everyone tries to tell Mirandy you cannot catch Brother Wind but her mother told her there was once an old saying that whoever does can make him do whatever they’d ...more
Amy
Jan 26, 2013 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, reviewed
My niece and I read Mirandy and Brother Wind a couple of years ago, I guess. I enjoyed the book, thought it was fun and unique, but if I remember correctly, my niece found it to be a little confusing. As I've mentioned before, she's a very literal child, and the idea of dancing wind was just not something she could wrap her mind around.

The illustrations were lovely.
Terry Marzell
McKissack, Patricia C. Illustrations by Jerry Pinkney. Mirandy and Brother Wind. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Publisher. 1988. Target Audience: Age 3-7 years. Reading Level: 3.6. Awards: Caldecott Honor Book; Coretta Scott King Award. Mirandy is determined to win the Spring cakewalk competition. To assure her win, she captures Brother Wind to be her partner, but at the last minute, in an impulsive moment of loyalty, she chooses her clumsy friend Ezel for her partner instead. This volume promotes m ...more
Traci Bold
Feb 04, 2016 Traci Bold rated it it was amazing
Steeped in southern dialect and nature names, 'MIRANDY AND BROTHER WIND' kept me entranced with the mysticism of capturing Brother Wind to get a wish.

Mirandy so wants to win the cakewalk dance so she gets in her mind to capture Brother Wind as she was told by an elder that if you can catch him, you can have a wish granted.

Through trial and error and suggestions from others, Mirandy tries to catch Brother Wind. A boy wants to be her partner for the dance but Mirandy knows how clumsy he is and d
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Briana Nelson
Mirandy and Brother Wind is a great story of a young girl seeking to find Brother Wind. Each water color illustration is detailed and took up the entire page. I really enjoyed this because it gave me a chance to really stop and look over the picture after reading the text. The illustrations aslo have this book a mysterious and nostalgic mood because it takes place in the countryside. The water color technique also helps create this feeling. Similar to The Patchwork Quilt, since this book was wri ...more
Alex Colebank
Feb 12, 2015 Alex Colebank rated it really liked it
Mirandy and Brother Wind tells the story of a young girl who is insistent on winning a local cake walk in her town. After a city-wide gust of wind, otherwise known as Brother Wind, came over the town, Ma Dear told her that if she was able to catch Brother Wind he would grant them a wish. Mirandy tires many ways to capture Brother Wind along with asking various people throughout the town. However, at the end she doesn't end up asking for Brother Wind to be her cake walk partner. This story allows ...more
Sam
Sep 07, 2016 Sam rated it really liked it
Shelves: caldecott
1989 Caldecott Honor - Favorite Illustration: Mirandy trying to catch the wind in the beautiful, colorful quilt!
I love this quirky folk tale about a young girl's quest to capture the wind in order to force him to help her win the cake walk. Even more than the story, though, I love the beautiful illustrations that share in the charming, wonderful tale. This, to me, is the perfect example of what the Caldecott is for: a nearly seamless pairing of wonderful illustrations and a beautiful story. I al
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Libby In Libraryland
Jun 22, 2015 Libby In Libraryland rated it really liked it
I almost like the illustrations in this 1988 Caldecott Honor book better than his more recent popular fables. It really looks like he took more time with the watercolors. The story has a great traditional African American folk tale feel to it. I love that Mirandy's goal is to catch the wind so that she can dance with it. I giggled when she took tried to put pepper in the wind's footprints and throw a quilt over him. The face of the Wind is great, especially his top hat. The thought of the Wind w ...more
Amy
Mar 09, 2009 Amy rated it it was amazing
Summary: Mirandy is looking for a dance partner for a cakewalk. She hopes to capture the Wind and make him her partner. She does not even consider her clumsy pal, Ezel. With the help of a neighbor women and her "conjure" and present, Mirandy not only catches the Wind, but "blows the competition away" after an unlikely turn of events. The story is also based on a true story of her grandparents in the early twentieth century.

Audience: grades 1-3

Uses: Personification, theme, and inference are stro
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Alecia
Apr 08, 2009 Alecia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reading-catalog
Author:Patricia C. McKissack

Illustrator: Jerry Pinkney

Genre: fiction picture book

Publication Info:Random House Children's Books (1997)

Reading Level: Ages 4-8; early transitional

Topic/Theme: imagination, culture,

Issues Addressed: children setting their minds to achieve a goal

Social Issues:cultural gatherings; Mirandy is attending a sort of "coming of age" cake walk. She must dance in the cake walk

Classroom Uses: independent reading, read aloud, paired reading

Summary: Mirandy is trying to win t
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Jazmine Shoup
Feb 09, 2012 Jazmine Shoup rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-aloud
Mirand and Brother Wind by Patricia C. McKissack and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, is a beautifully written and illustrated chlidren’s story book. The book would make an amazing read-aloud choice for the many voices and characters that are present throughout, and the amazing illustrations that further complement the text. The story follows a young girl, Mirandy, who has one desire, to win the town cakewalk. Her mother tells her “There’s an old saying that whoever catch the Wind can make him do t ...more
Jazmin
Oct 30, 2013 Jazmin rated it liked it
Shelves: african-american
Mirandy and Brother Wind by Patricia McKissack and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney is a wonderful book that depicts the African American culture at the early 20th century. This is a great book for the upper elementary grades like fourth or fifth not because of text complexity but because they must have some prior knowledge on what occurred in this era.
Mirandy is the protagonist in the story, and she is the grandmother of the author. Her adventures began when she wanted to enter a junior cakewalk
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Matlin
Apr 21, 2016 Matlin rated it it was amazing
Watercolor was the perfect medium for this adorable story about a young girl trying to catch the wind. Mirandy will be participating in her first cakewalk and had heard word that if you can catch Brother Wind, he will grant you a wish. We follow along with Mirandy’s adventures in trying to capture the elusive force, all the while being drawn in by the beautifully painted pictures. Bursting with color throughout the whole book, the watercolor worked perfectly in giving Brother Wind his blue-hued, ...more
Taylor Howard
This story is about a little girl named Mirandy. She had always treasured a picture of her grandparents from when they won the cake walk. Mirandy wanted to win the cake walk herself and believed that in order to win she had to captured the wind. She tried and tried and throughout the story she she ignored Ezel's attempt to ask her to dance with him. She finally believed she captured the wind and was going to dance with him. Some of the other girls were making fun of Ezel and Mirandy blurted that ...more
Jack
Feb 19, 2016 Jack rated it really liked it
Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner 1989 for illustrator Jerry Pinkney
1989 Caldecott Honor
The primary delight in this book is the watercolor illustrations by Jerry Pinkney of the deep south.
The story has the feeling of a family photo album documenting Mirandy and her young beau winning the cake walk. My rating is for the illustrations.
Age Range: 3 - 7 years
Grade Level: Preschool - 2
Lexile Measure: 690L
Cheryl
Aug 21, 2016 Cheryl marked it as not-in-clan-but-want
Well. Youtube has videos that are samples of stage plays based on this, with Black (African-American? British African?) casts. And the author was African-American and won many awards given to recognize works of multi-cultural value. So, to claim that this is racist is misguided. Unfortunately, I cannot judge for myself, as there are no avl copies in my library system.
Megan
Feb 24, 2016 Megan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ed-323-bookshelf
Mirandy and Brother Wind is a Caldecott winner and is a multi-cultural text. The dialogue present in it is spoken in dialect which makes this appropriate for a mid to upper elementary classroom. This book talks about a young girl who wants to be the star of her class and is selfish so she wants Brother Wind (personification) to come in and make her popular.
Alex
Sep 25, 2014 Alex rated it liked it
Mirandy and Brother Wind, written by Patricia C. McKissack at a first glance seems like an innocent story. A closer reading of this story reveals many cultural stereotypes that could affect young readers. This book is definitely a story for older children, who can grasp/understand some stereotypes, I wouldn't use this book in a primary school classroom.



Cherina
Sep 25, 2008 Cherina rated it liked it
Summary: Mirandy wishes to capture Brother Wind so that he can do her bidding. With the wind as her partner, Mirandy will be sure to win the cakewalk. Ezel, a clumsy young boy, teases Mirandy, saying that she will never be able to capture Brother Wind. Mirandy and Ezel partner to win the cakewalk (with the help of the wind).

Uses: This book is great for read-aloud in grades kindergarten through second. The sounds of the wind will be quite enjoyable for students to listen to. I would also recommen
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Katie
Mirandy is sure she will win the junior cakewalk if she can partner with the win for the contest. The illustrations really capture the essence of the wind, hence the Caldecott honor. This multicultural text presents an event, the, cakewalk dance, that was first introduced by slaves. This book was inspired by the author's grandparents who won a cakewalk in 1906.

A neat cross-curricular activity might be to learn about a cakewalk dance in PE or to watch videos and learn how it's done. The students
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Angie Field
Jul 13, 2010 Angie Field rated it really liked it
This is a Caldecott Honor book. It is a story of a little girl who believes that if she captures the wind, she will win first prize in the Junior Cakewalk. The story takes an interesting turn when Mirandy sticks up for one of her friends and decides to make him her partner in the dance - with help from the wind, Mirandy and Ezel give the town something to talk about for years to come. I think it is one of those stories your class would enjoy hearing aloud because the illustrations are so wonderf ...more
Mary
Oct 02, 2011 Mary rated it it was amazing
This is a great story. Mirandy is so full of determination as she runs around trying to capture brother wind so that she can dance well at the cakewalk. Mirandy attempts to catch the wind with advice from others in town like Grandma Beasly said he was meant to be free. Mr. Jessup said to use pepper and throw a quilt over him while he sneezed. Mis. Poinsettia talked of a conjure spell. Mirandy also had an ideas on how to capture brother wind. These mini tales within the story make this a fun book ...more
Jes
Aug 06, 2016 Jes rated it liked it
I remember reading this book as a little girl. When I saw it at work, I enjoyed re-reading it again. Mirandy is so fiery and I love how ornery Brother Wind is. The illustrations are by the wonderful Jerry Pinkney who I love. Great historical read.
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