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MAX SAID YES! THE WOODSTOCK STORY

Author: Abigail Yasgur and Joesph Lipner

Illustrator: Barbara Mendes

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Publisher: Change the Universe Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: This is the story of how the Woodstock Music Festival came to be held at Yasgur Farms. Written in rhyme, it talks about the inspiration for the event, the musicians involved, as well as what happened. This is an early-reader picture book that introduces the Woodstock music festival to kids.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, learning to read, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 5 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 0.3

Age of Child: Read with 7 year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: While our daughter liked looking at the pictures (and laughing), she couldn't get interested in the story. She said the picture of Max was scary.

Adult Reader Reaction: My daughter's reaction surprised me, because she loves a lot of this music. The illustrations are great in some panels, but overwhelming (like a full-page face of Max) in others. In the end, we had a similar reaction to our daughter's. The story is over-simplified and the rhyme really seemed to take away from what the story showed.

Pros: Bright colors evoke the culture of 1969 and simple rhyme schemes make it a good selection for new readers.

Cons: This is not a book for describing the historical significance of Woodstock. Although it alludes to the rain and mud, there are no depictions of it. To its credit, this is a "g" rated version.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a book that is likely to have more meaning for the adults than the kids its intended for.

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Educational Themes: This is a brightly colored picture book for new readers. Young children will enjoy listening to the rhyme. It is so sanitized, though, that the sense of Woodstock is lost.

Notes: The publicist representing the author donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub. This is an unsolicited donation.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, music, history

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2009

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