Horns and Wrinkles - Suggested Activities
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Helgerson, Joseph. (2006) Horns
and Wrinkles. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.
ISBN-10: 0618981780. Publisher originally listed grades
4-6 but more recently grades 5-9, ages 10-14.
Completing a unit centered on the
Mississippi river, you can tie in natural science,
history & geography, music and reading. This book can be
a fun tool that links all these categories together:
Compare these trolls, the old magical lady, and their
tricks (such as turning people into salt) to other folk
tales from this and other countries. See what themes or
similarities you might find!
Consider reading other Mississippi river
related books from the National Park Service
On page 18, Clair describes how to get home to Blue
Wing, and the authorís Afterword (end of book) gives
directions to the town too. Where do you think Blue Wing
lies on this map of the Mississippi River? Practice map
National River and Recreation Area
How would your students describe how to get home using
landmarks? Can they map it?
Integrate the book with your American culture and folk
music lessons by singing along to Mississippi river
songs provided free by the NPS at
Study the wildlife that thrives long the Mississippi:
Or try the fun kayak adventure found at
to see how the water system works.
Donít forget the food! Check out a cookbook on Southern
cooking and snack on Southern treats while reading
chapters of the book!