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Mirandy and Brother Wind

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Author: Patricia McKissack


Illustrator: Jerry Pinkney


McKISSACK, Patricia C[arwell]. Mirandy and Brother Wind. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. NY: Alfred A. Knopf [1988]. 4to, [32]pp. Color pictorial boards. Dark orange endpapers; color illustrations on every page. A fine copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (no medal affixed). Inscribed by the author, Newbery Honor author Patricia McKissack, and the artist, Caldecott Medalist Jerry Pinkney.

First edition. 1989 Caldecott Honor Book! Young Mirandy is determined to win first prize in the Junior Cakewalk. But to do that, she decided she’ll need capture the wind to be her partner. Grandmama Beasley says, “Can’t nobody put shackles on Brother Wind, chile. He be special. He be free.” As neighbors up and down Ridgetop suggest all manner of strategies that fail one after another, Mirandy grows ever more determined: she’ll get hold of that Brother Wind yet! The first of four Caldecott Honors for this distinguished American artist.