Mirandy and Brother Wind
Mirandy and Brother Wind

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Annotation: To win first prize in the Junior Cakewalk, Mirandy tries to capture the wind for her partner.
Catalog Number: #198015
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Copyright Date: 1988
Edition Date: 1996
Illustrator: Pinkney, Jerry,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-679-88333-9 Perma-Bound: 0-605-31852-2
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-679-88333-3 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-31852-6
Dewey: E
LCCN: 87000349
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Language: English
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School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3 Sultry watercolor washes in a realistic flowing style spread luxuriously and consistently over every two pages in this story set in the rural south. Young Mirandy wants to win her town's cakewalk jubilee, a festive dance contest. (According to the ``Author's Note,'' this dance was ``first introduced in America by slaves. . .and is rooted in Afro-American culture.'') Everyone says that if she captures the Wind he will do her bidding, but nobody seems to know how to capture him. In the end, Mirandy does believe that she has captured Brother Wind, but she also proves that she is a true friend to clumsy Ezel. McKissack's sincere belief in the joy of living is delightfully translated into this story which concludes, ``When Grandmama Beasley had seen Mirandy and Ezel turning and spinning, moving like shadows in the flickering candlelight, she'd thrown back her head, laughed, and said, `Them chullin' is dancing with the Wind!' '' A captivating story, with a winning heroine, told in black dialect. Gratia Banta, Germantown Public Library, Ohio
Word Count: 1,391
Reading Level: 3.6
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.6 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 5027 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.5 / points:2.0 / quiz:Q07697
Lexile: 690L
Guided Reading Level: R
Fountas & Pinnell: R

“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 neighbors up and down Ridgetop suggesting all manner of strategies, and friend Ezel laughing at each foiled one, Mirandy grows ever more determined: she’ll get hold of that Brother Wind yet!
            Patricia C. McKissack’s thoroughly engaging tale dances with spirit and rollicking good humor. Complemented by Jerry Pinkney’s rich, eye-catching watercolors of the rural South, here’s one of those rare, rewarding picture books that is sure to be read and enjoyed again and again.


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