The Mighty Mississippi (Wonders of America Series)


Discover what makes the mighty Mississippi a truly great river.

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Discover what makes the mighty Mississippi a truly great river.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carol Kirkham Martin
This new title in the "Wonders of America" series details the origin of the Mississippi River's name, as well as the source of the waters that feed it. It relates the kinds of boats used to travel the Mississippi, including canoes, steamboats, and today's barges. A simple map shows the location of this river within the United States and depicts direction words used to read a map. The liberal use of organic color in the primitive illustrations works well to depict this natural phenomenon. Hard-to-engage boy readers will especially enjoy the adventurous young man appearing on several pages in this nonfiction offering. While large font size and a limited number of lines per page make this book appropriate for beginning readers, prior explanation of this book's use of the term ‘whites' and the pronunciation of some location names may be required. The majority of vocabulary words are familiar or are compounds made from familiar words. Early primary grades in many school systems teach land formations and map skills in their social studies programs, making this a logical choice for follow-up enrichment.
School Library Journal

Gr 1-2 - This easy reader provides a pleasantly paced overview of the parameters of the Mississippi River and a history of the boats used to navigate its waters. While the text provides the proper names of the lakes and mountains, readers find out only that the Mississippi River came from "an Indian word, mesipi." Since there is no one Native American language, it's unfortunate that the information isn't more specific. Wallace's simple color illustrations provide detail, e.g., showing readers what a keelboat or a flatboat looked like. Despite its shortcomings, this book presents a quick and accessible look at an often-studied topic.-Farida S. Dowler, Mercer Island Library, WA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689869501
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight
  • Publication date: 3/6/2007
  • Series: Wonders of America Series
  • Edition description: Repackage
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,437,318
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Lexile: AD490L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Marion Dane Bauer is the author of many books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor book On My Honor and the New York Times bestseller My Mother Is Mine. Her other titles include A Mama for Owen, If You Were Born a Kitten, Grandmother's Song, and Thank You for Me! She has retired from the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults where she was the first Faculty Chair. She lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and can be reached at

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