Max Found Two Sticks

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A young boy is introduced to the joys of making music through this imaginative story. Max picks up two twigs and begins tapping out the rhythms of everything he sees around him, from distant church bells to the rumble of the subway. Then, when a marching band rounds his corner, something wonderful happens. Full color.

Although he doesn't feel like talking, a young boy responds to questions by drumming on various objects, including a bucket, hat boxes, and garbage ...

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Overview

A young boy is introduced to the joys of making music through this imaginative story. Max picks up two twigs and begins tapping out the rhythms of everything he sees around him, from distant church bells to the rumble of the subway. Then, when a marching band rounds his corner, something wonderful happens. Full color.

Although he doesn't feel like talking, a young boy responds to questions by drumming on various objects, including a bucket, hat boxes, and garbage cans, echoing the city sounds around him.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"The fluid lines of Pinkney's distinctive scratchboard illustrations fairly swirl with energy, visually translating Max's joy in creating rhythm and sound," said PW about this account of a novice drummer. Ages 5-8. June
School Library Journal
Gr 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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689815935
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 6/1/1997
  • Series: Reading Rainbow Bks.
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 199,398
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Pinkney is one of the most celebrated talents in children's publishing. In his career he has won two Caldecott Honors, a Coretta Scott King medal, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and three Coretta Scott King Honors. For Simon & Schuster he illustrated The Faithful Friend, which won the Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor, Sukey and the Mermaid, which won the Coretta Scott King Honor, and The Adventures of Sparrowboy, which won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. He lives with his wife and two children in Brooklyn, New York — which is where this story takes place.

Brian Pinkney is one of the most celebrated talents in children's publishing. In his career he has won two Caldecott Honors, a Coretta Scott King medal, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and three Coretta Scott King Honors. For Simon & Schuster he illustrated The Faithful Friend, which won the Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor, Sukey and the Mermaid, which won the Coretta Scott King Honor, and The Adventures of Sparrowboy, which won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. He lives with his wife and two children in Brooklyn, New York — which is where this story takes place.

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  • Posted April 16, 2011

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    Well-written, excellent illustrations

    The use of oil painting over scratchboard used in this picture book won't be to everyone's taste but I liked it because it is different. The various perspectives added to the excellent text. I also liked the positive portrayal of the father. I loved the ending! Definitely a book we want in our classroom collection. I would definitely read more by this author and would have read these to my own children. The image displayed for this book makes the soft colors look more garish than they are. BTW: The larger editions show the illustrations better than the smaller sizes.

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