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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 6
  • Lexile Measure: 910L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company; illustrated edition (October 11, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395273994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395273999
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Outstanding book with beautiful colored illustrations and marginal drawings similar to those in his previous books. Wide interest level including adults." School Library Journal, Starred

About the Author

Born in Jackson County, Michigan, in 1900, Holling Clancy Holling graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1923. He then worked in a taxidermy department of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and spent time working in anthropology under Dr. Ralph Linton. During this period, he married Lucille Webster and within a year of their marriage accepted a position as art instructor on the first University World Cruise, sponsored by New York University. For many years, Holling C. Holling dedicated much of his time and interest to making books for children. Much of the material he used was known to him first hand, and his wife, Lucille, worked with him on many of the illustrations.

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Born in Jackson County, Michigan, in 1900, Holling Clancy Holling graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1923. He then worked in a taxidermy department of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and spent time working in anthropology under Dr. Ralph Linton. During this period, he married Lucille Webster and within a year of their marriage accepted a position as art instructor on the first University World Cruise, sponsored by New York University. For many years, Holling C. Holling dedicated much of his time and interest to making books for children. Much of the material he used was known to him first hand, and his wife, Lucille, worked with him on many of the illustrations.

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One of the Best of Holling C. Holling's books, in my opinion.
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A great introduction to turtles, and the history of America's greatest river, the Mississippi.
William A. Llano
This is a very well illustrated book with such a great teaching story for young children.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Diane P. Levine on November 2, 1998
Format: Paperback
Within moments of hatching in the headwaters of the Mississippi River, Minn, a female snapping turtle, loses a rear leg when a boy shoots her. She is rescued by a native American boy, who cares for her until she is well enough to go out on her own. She travels down the length of the river, avoiding turtle hunters, cruising over waterfalls and dams, laying eggs, and taking part in the life cycle of the river. The story follows Minn through her 25 year trip down to the Gulf of Mexico. It is told from the turtle's point-of-view and there are many charming full page color illustrations that the younger child will appreciate. Notes, pictures and maps in the margins of the text give details of the geography of the Mississippi, its animals, plants, cities, dams, bridges, that the older child and adult reader will find informative and meaningful.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Gerome G. Torribio on February 5, 2001
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At age 52, I can vividly remember discovering this book in my local library as a boy in 4th grade, especially the luminous color illustrations and drawings Hollings used to tell the story of the journey of a snapping turtle from the Mississippi's trickling source in Minnesota, to its fullness in the Gulf of Mexico. In following the life of "Minn," from hatchling to a veteran survivor of many predators and adventures, I learned the history and lore of the river and the animals and people who live in it and along its banks. This is a book that does not talk down to its young readers. I am buying one now to read again, and to share with any grandchildren who may come along in our family.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Paul Hagar on September 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I read this book in elementary school and went looking for it again last year as a gift for a niece. Be warned that there's a scene that she found really sad (Minn gets hurt) -- and it made her cry. So maybe it's not for sensitive first-graders. Still, the story is wonderful and little Minn is a great character. There's also a lot of fascinating natural detail. And stunning illustrations. It's a children's book version of a top-notch Nature documentary. "Nova" in print, if you will. Also check out Holling Clancy Holling's other books. They're all great, even looking back at them after three decades.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By KEEKAS@aol.com on November 12, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I discovered this book when I was in fourth grade. I thought it was the best book ever written. I especially enjoyed the juxaposition of the biology of the snapping turtle with the history and geography of the Mississippi River
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Jensen on August 5, 2007
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I love this book because it teaches so much geography and history. The pictures are amazing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fred T. Berry III on May 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Read this book as a child, and wanted it in my own personal library. Wonderful book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William A. Llano on January 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
I read this story in grade school,and I am glad that it is still available! A great introduction to turtles, and the history of America's greatest river, the Mississippi. Fascinating tale, great ending!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RobRoy on September 14, 2009
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Absolutely wonderful story and pictures of a turtle's century-long journey down the Mississippi River. It tells all about the great river by following the turtle through harrowing and exciting adventures. I remember reading this book in the second grade, then ordered myself a copy 50 years later!
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