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The Mighty Mississippi: The Life and Times of America's Greatest River Hardcover – October 13, 2005

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Grade 4-6–In describing the formation and history of the Mississippi River, the author has encapsulated a great deal of information with mixed results. The book is organized into a series of full-color, pictorial spreads; two or three other illustrations or maps are inset into the larger picture, and two or three paragraphs of text appear in an orange-colored box on the right. On some pages, the colors in the large and small pictures are similar, making it hard to distinguish their boundaries. When more than one topic is discussed, it can be hard to find a correlation between the text and the pictures, and many difficult or possibly unfamiliar words are undefined in the text. Some spreads are more effective than others. A large map of the U.S. that shows the drainage basin of the Mississippi River is impressive. However, the states are not labeled. The acrylic paintings are vivid and appealing, and a time line runs along the tops of the pages to help readers get a sense of time passing and the changes that have come to the river, but the overall book design mutes the impact of both elements. The lack of an index further limits the book's usefulness.–Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA
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Gr. 3-5. In this physical and historical portrait, Viera takes readers from the Mississippi's headwaters to the hamlet of Pilottown at its official mouth, simultaneously providing sweeping views of the river's place in our history and prehistory, the effects of floods and other natural events, and modern efforts to make it a safer, more controlled waterway. Bond portrays the journey with a patchwork of richly colored paintings showing travelers, explorers, slaves, floods, battles, riverboats, towns, and levees--all inset into grand, sweeping river vistas. A closing resource list would have been helpful for children seeking more specific details, but this continent-spanning voyage conveys a good sense of the river's scale, character, and importance, past and present. John Peters
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