Published by:Penguin Workshop
Genres:Middle Grade, Non-fiction
Format: Trade Paperback
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.
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.