The Gist: A little girl, Mirandy, is determined to capture Brother Wind so she can win a junior cake walk.
Story Review: The watercolors are gorgeous, but I’m biased because I love Jerry Pinckey’s artwork. The story makes use of all kids of life in a rural African American community. The people who help but also discourage Mirandy are: a conjure woman, her mother, and grandmother (who she calls Ma Dear). This story shows what can be done if you listen to and trust yourself. Mirandy will be distracted by no one whereas Ezel, Mirandy’s friend, seems to be distracted by everyone.
Immersion Activity Ideas:
Participate in a cakewalk
Make a patchwork quilt (Alright, Mirandy doesn’t make a quilt, but she does use one and they’re gorgeous. It’s one of those things that I like to put in whenever I have an excuse.)
Do something nice (and unexpected) for a friend