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PreSchool-Grade 2–An adventurous boy investigates a new park in town and finds the usual slide, swing set, and sandbox but is excited to discover there is also a mountain to climb. After Maxwell states his intent to conquer the rock-covered hill, his father explains that he must first become a great outdoorsman. Following a trip to the library, the resourceful child reads and makes a list of what he must do to get ready for his climb. The big day finally arrives and Maxwell, his parents, and his trusty toy soldier arrive at the park. The young explorer, who appears to be about seven or eight, follows the yellow dots marking the trail, which begins on a gravel path and gradually moves upward into boulders. When Maxwell temporarily loses his way, he backtracks, finds the trail again, and successfully reaches the summit. Watercolor-and-ink illustrations, mainly in tan, yellow, and green, reveal a hill that appears larger in each successive picture. The childs parents are shown standing at the base of the hill, keeping a vigilant eye on their intrepid son. A final picture reveals a triumphant Maxwell sitting on an outcropping high above the rooftops: this will thrill children while making parents a bit queasy. The toy soldier that mimics the boys every move adds a bit of whimsy to the tale. A good, solid story about making the necessary preparations for attempting to reach a goal and then achieving success.–Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
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Gr. 2-4. Spotting a large, tempting hill behind the playground near his new house, Maxwell employs systematic preparation to dispel his parents' conviction that he's too little to tackle the hill. After training on the stairs, gathering first-aid and food supplies, mapping his course, and listening to parental advice ("if he gets into trouble, a true outdoorsman uses his head"), Maxwell takes on the rocky slope--accompanied by an intrepid-looking toy soldier named Harry. Maxwell copes with boulders and even with temporarily losing his way, until he ultimately reaches the top and discovers a splendid view of his neighborhood and the city beyond. Wong's fine-lined, softly textured watercolor illustrations hint that Maxwell may be partly of Asian descent, but children are more likely to notice the quiet determination with which Maxwell faces each obstacle and the well-earned triumph he experiences upon reaching his goal. John Peters
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580892124
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580892124
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.1 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,088,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Shari Becker was born in Montreal, Quebec, and was raised speaking both English and French. As a child, she spent her summers in the Adirondack Mountains catching fireflies, minnows, and toads. She has an MA from New York University and has worked for Nickelodeon, for Disney-owned companies, and even for an Emmy Award-winning puppeteer. She is the author of two picture books, including Maxwell's Mountain, a Junior Library Guild Selection and Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book. She now lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with her husband, their two daughters, and their dog. She loves lakes, but despises the bridges that run over them.

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This is a great book for children.
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This is a great book, with an inspiring and educational lesson: work hard and prepare and you will succeed.
A. Barkow
This is a great story by Shari Becker, complimented by Nicole E. Wong's beautiful watercolor illustrations.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I am seven and a half years old, and i really like this book. i think it is a good book because it teaches kids how to be a mountaun climber. my brother who is 3 liked it too. we liked the ending, and i thought it was funny.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Teicher on April 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I am a Kindergarten teacher who was thrilled to read Maxwell's Mountain to my class. This year (5 years old) is all about gaining a sense of sense, individuality, confidence, risk-taking, and independent problem-solving. Maxwell's Mountain fit right into our All About Me social studies curriculum. My students loved it. Some reactions were: "It's important because it teaches you how to climb a mountain!" "You can do it if you really try hard," "It tells you to listen to your heart," "It reminds me of Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel." The children really like the illustrations - especially the two page verticle spread. I'm sure we'll be reading it again soon.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Barkow on January 7, 2007
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This is a great book, with an inspiring and educational lesson: work hard and prepare and you will succeed. In contrast to books like "Frederick," this book teaches kids what it really takes to succeed in life, and does it with a charming story and great illustrations. And, with all due respect to the reviewer from Durango, unless you live in the Rockies, the mountain is tall enough. We live in New York City, and it seemed like an accomplishment to me.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Written by Shari Becker and illustrated by Nicole Wong, Maxwell's Mountain (a Junior Library Guild Selection) is the story of a young boy who prepares and trains himself to climb to the top of a rocky mountain near his home. Though the mountain doesn't have snow-capped peaks in the stratosphere, it nonetheless poses its share of dangers that Maxwell must study for. Buildinig up his physical endurance, and learning the strategy of an outdoorsman, Maxwell puts his preparations to good use, and must face challenges one step at a time as he climbs to the top. A rewarding storoy about dedication and perseverance, and the importance of balancing commitment to a goal with responsibility and keeping a cool head.
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By J. Cox on March 8, 2010
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All of the other reviews are right on but the true test of time is what makes a good children's book, a classic for your family. This is one of those books that your children will want to read to their children. Hang on to this one...a great message with beautiful illustrations.
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