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Max Said Yes!: The Woodstock Story Hardcover – June 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Change the Universe Press; First edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615211445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615211442
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 11.3 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,328,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This picture book in rhyme is delightful. The meter never loses its beat as it delivers the philosophy of the man who proved one person can make a difference. A sound end note affirms music and peace were here 'gigantic, messy and wonderful.'"  —Association of Jewish Libraries



"I was enthralled with this rendition of the Woodstock story and read it several times. It was probably no mean feat to recreate this story in rhyme, but it was very well done. The vibrant, colorful artwork was very appealing. Together they captured the spirit of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair (Woodstock)."  —Deb Fowler Round Table Reviews



"Lets the light of Woodstock shine on a new generation."  —Richie Havens, guitarist


"A giant celebration of the Woodstock nation. Yasgur and Lipner's book is a jubilant reminder of Max Yasgur's generosity."  —Naomi Howland, children's book author and illustrator



"A good way to introduce little children to the most positive cultural event of the century—the 1969 Woodstock Festival."  —Elliott Landy, official photographer of Woodstock


"A beautifully sanitized version of Woodstock for the newest generation. The words are rhythmic, rhyming, and peaceful—if not entirely accurate—and the fanciful illustrations by Underground Comix's Barbara 'Willy' Mendes tell as much of the history as the text."  —Sacramento Book Review

About the Author

Abigail Yasgur is a cousin of Max Yasgur and a library director. Joseph Lipner is an attorney and a writer. Barbara Mendes is an artist. They all live in Los Angeles.

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Max Said Yes!
Midwest Book Review
There are great illustrations that are so colorful and filled with joy.
Candi Soll
The bands played and the hippies danced to their music.
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It was a time when young people wanted to make peace not war. They wanted to sing, to dance and to "groove to the sounds of love." They had the music, the bands, the hippies and the squares, but there was no place to have their festival of love. It was upstate New York, 1969 and the search was on. The bands were chosen, each "gig was signed and sealed," but finding some land to hold their celebration of love and peace seemed to be getting harder by the day. One farmer didn't want hippies in his hay. Another was turned off by "unwashed dirty girls and boys." The next one said sure and when his neighbors yelled he reneged. No, no, no, no, NO! But wait . . . let's ask that guy over there!

"One farmer did not think the same
And Max Yasgur was his name.
He raised cows, sold milk and cheese.
He liked kids with big ideas like these."

The festival was on because "Max said Yes!" They came from all over. In cars and on foot they came onto the land. The tents went up all around the stage and the festival was on. The bands played and the hippies danced to their music. It was a time to make peace, not war and from August 15 to 17, 1969 "almost half-a-million people" made a little love, did a little dance and all got along!

I was enthralled with this rendition of the Woodstock story and read it several times. It was probably no mean feat to recreate this story in rhyme, but it was very well done. The vibrant, colorful artwork was very appealing. Together they captured the spirit of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair (Woodstock) perfectly! In the back of the book there is more information on the festival and Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock" lyrics. This is a wonderful nostalgic look at a celebration of peace and love in celebration of its 40-year anniversary. Peace!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Candi Soll on January 30, 2010
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This is a great childrens book and a great book for those that went to Woodstock that have grandchildren. The words tell the story clear in a simple understanding way. There are great illustrations that are so colorful and filled with joy. While the kids sit and listen it is easy to let your mind drift back to the gool ol days.

The only thing I had to change was the mom and dad to grandma and grandpa. Are we really there!

Even the tickets on the back page that we cluthed so tight all the way from NH to NY not to lose, then didn't even need them as the fences came down for all to get in. It was the concert of a lifetime a time of peace and love... candi
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 21, 2009
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Max Said Yes! The Woodstock Story is a colorful, rhyming children's picturebook about the true-life celebration of music and peace that was the Woodstock festival on August 15, 16, and 17 in 1969, and the ordinary dairy farmer who allowed it to happen on his land. Vibrant, colorful illustrations evoking the rainbow passion of the 60's grace this cheerful tale. Max Said Yes! is an unabashed celebration of the openness and love of a bygone decade.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Missy T on August 22, 2010
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We bought this book, as well as I Would Have Gone To Woodstock, for our daughter's birthday next month. Both my husband and I read them prior to deciding to give them to her. These books go a long way in explaining what Woodstock was, what it did, what it meant, etc. I'm sure our daughter will have a better idea of what we are talking about when we refer to Woodstock. These two books work well together even though they are written by two different authors. Good job!!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jewish Book World Magazine on September 11, 2009
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This August marks the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, the peace and music festival that became a universal cultural marker for peaceful activism. As a cousin of Max Yasgur, Abigail and her husband Joseph Lipner have created a vibrant introduction to how the event came about due to the positive nature of one man. The authors have spun a delightful rhyming tale that unites the efforts of music, diversity, a belief in coexistence and peace into a teaching tool for young students. The text also allows for a discussion of the historical importance of Woodstock with older students. The illustrations of Barbara Mendes have captured the energy of the art and style of Peter Max and the exuberance of the 60's Aquarian Age. The illustrations would be useful in developing a class art lesson or opening a discussion on color, shape and use of line in any young classroom. The Judaic value of the book can easily be found and incorporated into a lesson plan by reflecting on the power of Max's decision. In saying yes, our thoughts may turn to a particular Torah story (Genesis 18:1-15) and how Abraham extended his hand to those unknown to him, who sought respite and shelter on their travels; teaching us the value of true hospitality. Yasgur's seemingly small sliver of a story truly marks the start of the entire event of Woodstock and may be used to demonstrate the continuous concept of Judaic hospitality and the welcoming of guests from ancient times through to the present day. Most importantly, it is how those moments of inclusion bring forth the opportunity for growth and understanding. Adults and children alike will delight in this book. Parents and grandparents will certainly enjoy sharing the history of a moment in their lives with the younger members of their families. Christine Maasdam
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