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Monday on the Mississippi
     

Monday on the Mississippi

by Marilyn Singer, Frane Lessac (Illustrator)
 

Early Sunday morning,

when even the Mississippi

seems too tired to roll,

a single saxophone player

swaying on the Esplanade

wails the river's long story,

black-coffee bitter,

warm-beignet sweet

to anyone awake enough to listen.

Come take a tuneful trip down the great

Overview

Early Sunday morning,

when even the Mississippi

seems too tired to roll,

a single saxophone player

swaying on the Esplanade

wails the river's long story,

black-coffee bitter,

warm-beignet sweet

to anyone awake enough to listen.

Come take a tuneful trip down the great Mississippi River

The Mississippi River is as long with stories as it is with water. From its mouth at Lake Itasca, Minnesota, the river glides through cities and villages, farmlands and lakes, picking up tales of the past and present-all in the course of a week. By the time it has reached the Gulf Coast Delta in Louisiana, the river has traveled 2,300 miles on its historical, cultural journey.

This lyrically written and richly illustrated picture book pays tribute to America's most legendary and celebrated river.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-This colorful picture book takes readers on a cruise down Old Man River, beginning in Minnesota on Monday: "A little stream among so many streams./A little girl wiggles her toes/in the shallow water and wonders,/How long before we're big and strong, little Mississippi?/How many miles? How many days?" The journey ends on Sunday in Louisiana at the river's mouth, where a boy ponders: "Will I ever see where you start, big Mississippi?/Will I ever tell where you end/and the wide, wide sea begins?" The poetic text highlights a few important locations and historical events along the way. Lessac's primitive gouache illustrations brightly reflect each day's trip, showing children on the riverbanks engaging in interesting activities while barges, steamboats, and tugboats float by. The book opens with a map of the river's entire span, and every spread includes a smaller view of the day's featured area. Two pages of appended notes fill in some details about the places and events referred to in the narrative. Beautifully executed in text and illustrations, this title offers an enjoyable read as well as an educational one. It begs to be used in a unit on the Mississippi, perhaps in conjunction with Jill Esbaum's Ste-ee-e-eamboat a-comin'! (Farrar, 2005).-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This unique introduction to Old Man River combines poetry, art, history and geography into a multifaceted whole that just keeps rolling along down the path of the mighty river's progress. The volume's innovative design includes 14 non-rhyming poems that follow it through the course of a week from its beginnings in Minnesota all the way to New Orleans. Each poem and accompanying double-page-spread illustration offers a different view and more information about it, including important cities, key historical facts and insights into riverboat traffic and transportation. A small inset map of the pertinent city and state under discussion is integrated into each illustration, with a helpful larger map on the title page showing the ten states touched by the mighty river. Some poems include children experiencing it in different ways: boating, fishing, hiking and listening to jazz in New Orleans, while other poems introduce famous people who lived along the river. Vibrant gouache illustrations in a naive style help bring the Mississippi and its surroundings to life. (author's note) (Picture book/poetry. 5-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805072082
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
04/06/2005
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.22(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Marilyn Singer is the author of many books, including two previous collaborations with Frané Lessac-Nine O'Clock Lullaby and On the Same Day in March. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Frané Lessac is the compiler and illustrator of Camp Granada, and has also illustrated many other books for young readers. She lives in Fremantle, Australia, with her family.

Visit Marilyn Singer and Frané Lessac at their websites: www.marilynsinger.net and www.franelessac.com

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