Minn of the Mississippi

written and illustrated by Holling Clancy Holling

A snapping turtle hatches near the headwaters of the Mississippi River. Follow her life journey as she adventures down the river to Louisiana and the river's delta at the Gulf of Mexico.

A history of the Mississippi River Valley is told in text and pictures through the adventures of Minn, a snapping turtle, as she spends her life traveling from the headwaters in Minnesota downstream to the Gulf of Mexico. A marvelous look into the world of the river with its myriad of creatures, boats, explorers, and pirates along with the dams, levees, and bayous that seek to control its flow.

Illustrations are richly detailed, including many full-page color paintings. Pages with text in them are also illustrated with black-and-white pen-and-ink maps and drawings, many with explanatory captions (to accompany the action of the story), in the margins.

The text is much too lengthy and detailed for beginning readers but even the youngest will be fascinated by the pictures. When used as a read-aloud Minn's story can help listeners enjoy learning about geography, history, zoology, and anthropology. The author did exhaustive research in order to ensure accuracy of this Newbery Honor Book.