From School Library Journal
Grade 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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About 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 recently 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 mariondanebauer.com.