Rio Grande: From the Rocky Mountains to the Gulf of Mexico

Overview

The Spanish named it the "Great River." After the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, the Rio Grande is the third longest river in the Unites States. In its long and shifting 1,885-mile course to the sea and in the history that unfolded near its banks, it also is one of North America's most dramatic rivers. Peter Lourie explores the Rio Grande to discover what makes the "Great River" great. He followed the river--by car, by raft, and on foot--from its headwaters in Colorado snow-capped Rockies to...

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Overview

The Spanish named it the "Great River." After the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, the Rio Grande is the third longest river in the Unites States. In its long and shifting 1,885-mile course to the sea and in the history that unfolded near its banks, it also is one of North America's most dramatic rivers. Peter Lourie explores the Rio Grande to discover what makes the "Great River" great. He followed the river--by car, by raft, and on foot--from its headwaters in Colorado snow-capped Rockies to the Gulf of Mexico's tropical shores. His journey takes him into the territories of Bat Masterson, Billy the Kid, and Pancho Villa. He visits an ancient pueblo where he witnesses an annual feast day and corn dance. He walks the border of the United States and Mexico with the U.S. Border Patrol, visiting towns on both sides. Finally, the author's journey ends with a dive into the warm waters of the Gulf. Here is the Rio Grande of history and legend, vividly brought to life through a lively and informative text, illustrated with full-color and archival photographs.

Peter Lourie, author of Amazon, Hudson River, Yukon River, Everglades, and Erie Canal, lives in Middlebury, Vermont.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3-5The Rio Grande flows almost 2,000 miles from the Continental Divide in Colorado to the Gulf of Mexico below Brownsville, TX. During the course of its journey, the river is mighty and meek, life enriching and life altering, but always alluring and important to the people who live along its path. Louries first-person travelogue successfully brings this body of water to life and provides readers with a sense of its history and the places that it passes through. The author also relates his feelings of excitement and adventure as he traveled downriver. Historical photographs and reproductions of Billy the Kid, General Santa Anna, Pancho Villa, and others supplement Louries bright, sharp full-color photographs; a map highlights the towns he visited during the trip. Through this photo-essay, armchair travelers can share the joy of following a river from its source to its mouth while picking up bits of history, archaeology, culture, and political and environmental concern.Jeanette Larson, Texas State Library, Austin Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Lourie, following the format of his previous photo-essays (Yukon River, 1992, etc.), traces the route of the Rio Grande, third longest river in the US, from its origin high in the Colorado mountains, 1,885 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. Along the way, historic and contemporary photographs tell of people and events past and present. The first-person narrative makes the past come alive; under discussion are ranchers, miners, and outlaws such as Billy the Kid and Pancho Villa. Lourie visits Taos Pueblos, describes the petroglyphs carved in the rocks, rafts, and camps along the shores, stops at a ghost town flooded when the Falcon Dam was created, interviews border patron officers, and ends at the azure waters of the gulf. Throughout the narrative runs an accomplished combination of history, geography, archaeology, and ecology. (Nonfiction. 10-12) .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563977060
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Pages: 46
  • Sales rank: 1,466,287
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 930L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.34 (w) x 8.31 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Lourie is the author of many books for young people, including Arctic Thaw: The People of the Whale in a Changing Climate and Hidden World of the Aztec. He lives in Weybridge, Vermont.

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