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Max Found Two Sticks (Reading Rainbow Book) Paperback – June 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Series: Reading Rainbow Book
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Reprint edition (June 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068981593X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689815935
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Max doesn't much feel like talking, so he lets his drumsticks (two twigs, actually) respond to questions and imitate the sounds of his city neighborhood--pigeons startled into flight, rain tapping against a window, a train thundering down the elevated track. By linking Max's "drums" to activities from each previous page (for example, his grandfather is seen washing windows on one page, and in the next, Max is drumming on the cleaning bucket), Pinkney unobtrusively tugs the story forward. The fluid lines of his distinctive scratchboard illustrations fairly swirl with energy, visually translating Max's joy in creating rhythm and sound (Pinkney is well suited to the task, having been a drummer since the age of eight). A serendipitous ending finds the drummer from a passing marching band tossing a spare set of real drumsticks to the delighted Max. Ages 4-8. Children's BOMC alternate.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3-On a day when Max doesn't feel like talking to anyone, a strong breeze shakes two heavy twigs to the ground in front of his brownstone home. Picking them up, the young African-American boy begins to beat out a rhythm that imitates the sound of pigeons startled into flight. Soon he is tapping out the beat of everything around him-rain against the windows, the chiming of church bells, and the thundering sound of a train on its tracks. The snappy text reverberates with the rhythmic song of the city, and Pinkney's swirling, scratchboard-oil paintings have a music of their own. This is an effective depiction of the way in which self-expression takes on momentum, as Max's quiet introspection turns into an exuberant celebration of the world around him.
Anna DeWind, Milwaukee Public Library
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Customer Reviews

The illustrations are BEAUTIFUL.
L
This book clearly takes place in NYC, something my NYC nieces and I really enjoy - seeing Max's dad being a conductor on a train makes them laugh.
Ulyyf
I read it to my early childhod music students.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Cathie B on May 19, 2002
Format: Paperback
I have used this book for several years in my music classroom. I've used it to introduce percussion family, marching band,self-expression and creative compositions. The story itself is wonderfully done, but the illustrations make the book a treasure. My students ask to read this one during Read Aloud Week.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L on March 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
I'm biased because of emotional ties to Brooklyn, but since we moved after my son was born, I was very happy to find and read him this book. It reminds me of the kids on our street there, playing games with what they find - and sticks are pretty harmless as far as city finds go. The illustrations are BEAUTIFUL.

Max consistently answers "what are you doing with those sticks?" musically, not verbally - which isn't necessarily how I want my son to communicate with me, but since we listen to and play a lot of music here, I think it's a good book to show the range of communication, and to show that it's ok to do your own thing without constantly explaining yourself.

While it might be strange to some that Max answers their questions with music, it's actually stranger that people ask absent-mindedly what he's doing when they can see and hear what he's doing - playing music!!

Max has his head on straight, and in the end is rewarded by a parade of musicians passing by, with one passing a pair of "real" drumsticks to him. It's a nice touch, that while his family doesn't get him, other musicians do. Again, I think this encourages kids to have confidence in doing their own thing. (Can you tell this is a resounding value with me?!)

While I'm writing about the plot, I think a serious asset to this book is with the illustrations. My 3 year old doesn't rush to turn pages, he really takes in the drawings. He is very verbal and communicative, but I think this book adds another dimension to his book collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ulyyf on August 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book clearly takes place in NYC, something my NYC nieces and I really enjoy - seeing Max's dad being a conductor on a train makes them laugh. Seeing the WTC in the background makes me smile and think. And of course the kids up and down the block where we live spend their life sitting on the stoop, just like Max does!

The book makes great connections - each time somebody asks Max what he's doing, he plays the sound of something going on, and in the next panel he's using their bucket, or their hatbox, or their garbage cans to play his next rhythm.

I strongly recommend this book to anyone, particularly anybody who is musically inclined.

One note - the larger edition of this book is better. I got this edition because it was cheaper and in the bookstore, but the pictures end up a little scrunched.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
This story is about a boy who loves music and rhythms. He has some drumsticks so he plays music. We loved his music the best! I think people should read this book because people get an idea to be in a band. We would too.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
Max finds two sticks and does rhythms with them. We liked the book because Max gets sticks and plays them on many different things. What we didn`t like in the story was when everyone asked " what are you doing with those sticks?" too often. Anyone should read this book because it is a fun story to read. Lots of people should also read this book because it is exiting and surprising.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 23, 2005
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A boy named Max found two sticks and started to play drums on stuff like trash cans. Then a marching band came around the corner and the last man gave him two drumsticks. We didn't like when the twins were showing off their hats because they were boasting. Adults and children should read this book because it is a good book to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
A boy named Max found sticks. He made alot of sounds and rhythyms. Then when Max was playing drums a band came over and the last drummer gave Max a real pair of drum sticks. I like the pictures in the book. I didn't like when he wasn't anwsering everyone. I think kids should read it with their families.
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By Ciaran Keane on February 15, 2014
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My class of preschoolers listened intently to this story & then proceeded to find items in the classroom to use as percussion instruments. Well written!
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