Where is the Mississippi River ?…By Dina Anastasio #BlogTour

Posted July 24, 2018 by Karen in Book Tours, Books, Reviews, Tiny Bird's Shelf /

Where is the Mississippi River ?...By Dina Anastasio #BlogTour

Where is the Mississippi River ?…By Dina Anastasio #BlogTourWhere Is the Mississippi River?

by: Dina Anastasio, Ted Hammond
Published by:Penguin Workshop on September 12, 2017
Genres:Middle Grade, Non-fiction
Format: Trade Paperback
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Discover the history and culture of one of the most famous waterways in the world: the mighty Mississippi!The most famous river in America runs like a spine between the eastern and western parts of the country, flowing through ten states before it empties into the Gulf of Mexico. The mighty Miss also flows through the history of America, giving rise to great stories about the people who lived on it and used it as a watery highway, from Native Americans and European explorers to skillful riverboat captains and colorful gamblers traveling on luxurious steamboats. And of course it was the first truly American writer, Mark Twain, who grew up along its banks and made the Mississippi River famous around the world.

This book, part of the New York Times best-selling series, is enhanced by eighty illustrations and a detachable fold-out map complete with four photographs on the back.

*I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Mississippi is the longest river in North America. It rises at Lake Itasca in Minnesota and flows almost due south emptying into the Gulf of Mexico, southeast of New Orléans. This is a distance of over 2,300 miles. The Mississippi River’s major tributaries are the Missouri and Ohio rivers.

Many authors including Mark Twain, William Faulkner, and Kate Chopin were inspired by the mighty Mississippi.


  • The name Mississippi comes from the Anishinaabe word ‘Misi-ziibi’ which means ‘great river’.
  • The River flows at between 1.2 to 3 miles per hour.
  • The Civil War Battle of Vicksburg was fought over control of the Mississippi River and was a major turning point in the war.
  • At its widest point the river is over 7 miles wide.
  • At its deepest spot the river is over 200 feet deep.
  • It takes 90 days for a drop of water to travel the entire length of the river.


I am excited to be part of the ‘Where is…’ blog tour. I love books that not only teach a lesson but also entertain.

The Mississippi River is one of the most important natural features of the United States. Transportation along the mighty Mississippi led to not only early exploration of the continental US but it served as the most vital mode of trade for the young colonies and later the US.



Although I knew some information about the Mississippi river, I learned so many interesting things about the river by reading,’ Where is the Mississippi River.’  A couple of these things that I learned are where the name Mississippi came from and how control of the river was a major factor in the outcome of the civil war. I also learned a lot about the river’s lock system works.

I particularly loved the information about Mark Twain. I am currently reading ‘Tom Sawyer,’ and the background on Mark Twain’s (Samuel Clemons) love for the river tied in perfectly.

An important chapter is the one that describes the great flood 1927. This is a great learning tool for understanding that although the river is beautiful and amazing, it can also be deadly and destructive. Man has tried to tame the river but ultimately we are at its mercy.




The ‘Where is…’ series is just wonderful and so much fun. They are great tie-ins for American geography lessons. I can’t wait to read the rest of this wonderful series.


Week One

July 23 – Little Homeschool on the Prairie – Stop 1: Mount Rushmore

July 24 – The Book Return – Stop 2: The Mississippi River

July 25 – YA Book Nerd – Stop 3: The Grand Canyon

July 26@the.Bookplate – Stop 4:  Walt Disney World

July 27Jenn’s Book Vibes – Stop 5: The White House

Week Two

July 30Gypsy Road – Stop 6: Niagara Falls

July 31KidLitExchange – Stop 7: Alcatraz

August 1Library Lady’s Kid Lit – Stop 8: The Brooklyn Bridge

August 2For Mommy’s Dragons – Stop 9: Empire State Building










About Karen

Karen is a native Orlandoian and still lives there with her family. She loves reading Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction ,’Chick Lit', YA, and Southern Fiction. Some of her favorite things are fuzzy animals, Bigalow tea, and air-conditioning.
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