Jerry Pinkney

Mirandy and Brother Wind

January 27, 2019
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Not sure whether I'd rather catch the wind or inherit it.

It's just this misunderstanding between friends. She thinks Ezel is telling her she can't do something, when he's really trying to suggest that they could dance together without saying it. And it turns out she dances with him because he's her friend and she doesn't want other people being mean to him. She sticks up for him and does the right thing.

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Stick up for your friends.

Turtle in July

February 19, 2018
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Enough bullheads.

Here's the bullheads in spring. Here's the bullheads in summer. Here they are in autumn. Enough. Enough stupid fish. I don't care about the stupid fish.

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The activities of animals change over the seasons.

The Lion & the Mouse

September 22, 2016
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Quick review.

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Strange, nearly wordless version of the fable. You kind of have to know the fable already to understand what's going on.

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Help people and they might help you back.

The Talking Eggs: A Folktale from the American South

September 22, 2016
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Quick review.

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Creole folk tale. A girl is mistreated by her mother and sister, and chased off. An old woman rescues her and has some pretty strange things in her house, but since the girl follows directions she gets rewarded. The mother and sister see the rewards, so they send the sister to the same old woman, but she doesn't listen and gets punished.

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Follow directions.