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Read and Discuss: Max Found Two Sticks

Max drums on anything he can find in his city neighborhood.


  • Max Found Two Sticks by Brian Pinkney

Key Science Concepts

  • Different objects make different sounds.
  • An action has to take place in order for a sound to occur.


Before you read: Show children the cover, and read the title and author’s name. Ask, What do you think the boy is doing with the sticks? Have you ever done that?

As you read: Max uses his sticks to make music on different surfaces; his pants and thighs, a bucket, hat boxes, soda bottles, and garbage can lids. Pause after each sound Max makes and ask children to create the same sound. 

After you read: Ask, What were some of the things Max hit with his sticks? If children need help remembering, show the book’s illustrations, page by page. Ask, What did it sound like when he hit his thighs? When he hit the bottle? What other sounds did Max hear that he tried to imitate?