Two Sticks
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Two Sticks

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by Protopopescu, Anne Wilsdorf
     
 

Maybelle wanted SOME drum,

A kettle, snare, not humdrum,

A drum-dee-dum-dee-dum drum,

Oh, any funky fun drum!

But all she has is two sticks - her "tried and trusty true sticks." And so, on tables, chairs, and even her parents' bedroom door, Maybelle takes those sticks and clicks and clacks them, whacks and smacks them - until her

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Maybelle wanted SOME drum,

A kettle, snare, not humdrum,

A drum-dee-dum-dee-dum drum,

Oh, any funky fun drum!

But all she has is two sticks - her "tried and trusty true sticks." And so, on tables, chairs, and even her parents' bedroom door, Maybelle takes those sticks and clicks and clacks them, whacks and smacks them - until her sleepy parents shout: STOP! But can Maybelle stop? Even coming face-to-face with eleven toothy crocodiles doesn't deter plucky Maybelle. She keeps her cool - and her beat - charming those reptiles until she finally gets a real drum of her own.

Vibrant art brings a spirited Maybelle to life in this read-aloud gem that pulses with humor and irresistible rhythm and rhyme.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A tongue-twisting read-aloud hit. Wilsdorf adds to the slapstick and exuberant mood with bright, colorful, action-filled acrylics picturing wild-haired fearless Maybelle, who follows her own beat and makes joyful noise." —Booklist

"The text sets a catchy rhythm and never lets go. Wilsdorf's illustrations, rich in saturated color, glow with warmth and vibrancy." —Kirkus Reviews

"Wilsdorf captures the verve and action of the tale in vibrant colors and broad strokes." —School Library Journal

"Pure entertainment." -The Orlando Sentinel

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1
A girl's love for drumming lands her in a swamp full of crocodiles (and then helps her find a way out of it). Wilsdorf captures the verve and action of the tale in vibrant colors and broad strokes. Maybelle's orange dress and shock of bushy orange-brown hair reflects her energy as she goes drumming around the bayou, beating two sticks on fences, logs, and crocodile teeth. The illustrations are so lively that readers can almost forget that they're static pictures and mistake them for animation. The images are large enough to use for storytimes, but the rhythm of the text is clunky at times and can be difficult to read while maintaining the pace. Still, for larger collections looking for another bouncy story, Two Sticks can serve a need.
—Nancy KunzCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Maybelle can't stop the music; can her family stop the crocodiles? From morning til night, little Maybelle plays her two sticks-on the furniture, the walls, on whatever's in front of her. Protopopescu captures the rhythm of Maybelle's drumming in her repetitive rhyming stanzas: "dance tune, romance tune, chance tune, trance tune," and so forth. Down the road to the bayou she drums, attracting a bunch of smiling crocodiles, so friendly she can drum on their teeth. They follow her, dancing, back home. Her parents, however, aren't crazy about having 11 crocodiles, however frolicsome, in the living room. Maybelle switches to a big calypso drum and solves the problem. The story's ending may lack clarity or logic, but the text sets a catchy rhythm and never lets go. Wilsdorf's illustrations, rich in saturated color, glow with warmth and vibrancy. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374380229
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
02/20/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

OREL PROTOPOPESCU is a poet and the author of several books. She lives in Miller Place, New York. ANNE WILSDORF has illustrated many books, including Sunny Boy! by Candace Fleming. She lives in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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