This is a 5th grade reading level book. It’s a wonderful mix of fact and fiction, but I’d say my newly turned 5 year old had a hard time focusing. We skipped a lot. I’d recommend this book for the 7 and up age range for sure. The illustrations are beautiful! Looking forward to reading more by the author.
We live in an area that is not abundant in rivers, even in the winter. The nearest thing we have is a little creek. Since it was summer when we did this one, there was just enough water to make mud. 🙂
I set up a table at the top of the hike with a few activities to do while we waited for everyone to join us.
At the end of the story the Gulf of Mexico is too salty for Minn, so he turns back into the river. I had a bowl of very salty water and some spoons. They tried it out to see if it was salty or not.
I put together a little baggie of fruit and veggies to make a turtle — anything would work I’m sure. I used slices of cucumber and carrots, half a mandarin, raisins and some grapes. I had an idea how they’d be used, but didn’t put out an example or anything. I learned from our Butterfly Life Cycle Party, that the kids figure it all out on their own, and it leads to much more imaginative products. They did not disappoint! 🙂
Once they found their egg, they filled out a birth certificate . I had a little description about how the author changed their name too.
Then we were off and exploring. The kids played with their turtles for part of it and had a great time for hours!
They even used their eggs for catching some tadpoles!
For my inspiration, more ideas and resources for a more in depth look at the book, see my Pinterest Board Book Theme: Minn of the Mississippi.