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ALA Notable Children's Book International Reading Association Classroom Choice A Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies Max is a crack baseball player. Saturday mornings he walks with his sister, Lisa, to her dancing school on his way to the park for his weekly game. One morning Max is early, and Lisa's teacher invites him to join the class. Max stretALA Notable Children's Book International Reading Association Classroom Choice A Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies Max is a crack baseball player. Saturday mornings he walks with his sister, Lisa, to her dancing school on his way to the park for his weekly game. One morning Max is early, and Lisa's teacher invites him to join the class. Max stretches at the barre. He struggles for a split. And before he knows it, he's having fun! Young ballplayers and ballet dancers will share Max's delight when he discovers that dance class is a great way to warm up for a home run....

Title : Max
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ISBN : 9780020438007
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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Max Reviews

  • Manybooks
    2019-04-05 19:24

    What is refreshing about this simple little story about how big brother Max becomes interested in ballet is the fact that Rachel Isadora does not attempt to force the issue, that she basically allows the concept of boys being interested in and able to do ballet to develop organically and naturally (and that Max is still a baseball fanatic and a typical "boy" even though he has become interested in ballet and thinks that his sister's ballet lessons are fun). The accompanying illustrations (although they did not especially wow me) are full of movement and rhythm and thus perfectly suit the tone and cadence of the narrative (as well as the thematics of dancing), both complementing and actually even expanding the text somewhat. Higly recommended and not just for children either!

  • Kathryn
    2019-04-03 20:21

    So, I just read Max again for the first time as an adult and I just loved it! It is even more special than I remembered because it is not heavy-handed with its "message." Although Max is, at first, not excited about ballet class nothing is made of him being a boy--he simply isn't that interested, until he actually goes inside and watches the dancing. Then, he is captivated! ;-) I love that the teacher invites him to join, baseball uniform and all (just had to take off those sneakers!) and that he takes to the movement with such unabashed joy. Love the ending! It's great that he loves ballet *and* baseball and finds a way to pursue both interests (I know that many athletes, even ballplayers, actually do take ballet classes to help them with balance and flexibility, though I don't think it's a great love for most of them, so I was glad to see Max enjoyed dance for dance's sake not just as a means to help his game). Let's just hope he isn't late for his game next time, though! ;-p The illustrations are such a delight! Even though they are black and white, I feel they just radiate warmth, motion and joy. Love all the ballet steps incorporated. Love the little ballet outfits (only gripe is it looks as if the girls are wearing pointe shoes and little girls of that age should not be wearing pointe shoes--granted we never see them "en pointe" (on their toes) so they may be soft-soled shoes but they do look like point shoes and might make some little dancers wistful for their own pair!) So amazing that this book came out in 1976! It's notable, too, that one of the ballerinas is an African American girl; great to see that in a book of this decade. Rachel Isadora really was ahead of her time in a lot of regards. I still think this book would be enjoyable for both boys and girls today who love to dance.

  • Lisa Vegan
    2019-03-31 13:02

    Screaming message book a la 1976! But, I found it charming and sweet and realistic too. The joy of dancing is conveyed beautifully and I like baseball too (as a spectator for both, although I used to be a folk dancing fiend). The illustrations are lovely; the story is slight but good, though I hope a bit dated. But, I enjoyed Max and Lisa and the story and the illustrations. I found it so funny when Max gradually starts to participate.

  • Lydia
    2019-04-09 18:57

    Guess who read a book on the first day of 2018? This girl. What a lovely way to ring in the New Year. c: Max is a lovely little picture book about a young boy, Max, who ends up spending time in his sister's dance class and really, really enjoying himself. I liked it! I thought it did challenge gender roles but I wish there had been more substance to it.The black and white illustrations were beautiful and detailed, though, and I think the overall message or discussion you could have with a child in your life would be valuable.

  • Donna Nadira
    2019-04-20 18:25

    Max, with a boy doing a grand jete on the cover, is about a boy who usually plays baseball, but stops by at his sister’s ballet class in a twist of his afternoon routine. Max, who initially is uninterested, slowly follows the class activities and ends up enjoying ballet, to the point of leaping his way to his baseball game. I think the packaging of this story is subtle enough for both strongly-identifying boys and girls. Max comes to ballet class unamused, because he knows that ballet is meant for girls, but ends up enjoying it anyway, without turning himself effeminate (which will be the case if this story follows the stereotype: if you like ballet, then you always are feminine). The entire series of pictures is in black and white, eliminating the opportunity of putting color into gender distinction, i.e dousing the entire ballet studio in pastel pink or the entire baseball field in green and brown. I think Max does a good job of neutralizing the gender distinctions of these activities (sports for boys, ballet for girls), and does not favor one activity over the other. Children’s books play a big role in keeping traditional gender activity distinctions alive—if it weren’t for fairytales introduced so early in a child’s life, I believe boys will be less likely to consider their love interests as triumphs. Max is a good step into eliminating the taboos of engaging in activities for the opposite gender.

  • Dolly
    2019-03-26 15:01

    This book was featured as one of the selections for the February 2015 Dance-themed reads for the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads.

  • Sara
    2019-04-07 19:11

    Beautiful illustrations. Story could have used more tension.

  • Jennifer Nnadozie
    2019-04-08 16:24

    "Max" is a simple yet exhilarating realistic fiction book about a little boy that eased his way into his sister's Ballet Class. Max usually plays baseball on Saturdays after he walks with his sister to Ballet classes. One Saturday, Max had extra time to kill before his baseball game. He decided to go inside his sister's Ballet Class to have a look. After watching a little while, Max found himself performing Ballet motions while sitting in the corner of the room. Max eventually joined in on the class. He was so engulfed in the Ballet lesson that he did not know it was time to go to his baseball game. Max's sister looked at the clock and saw it was time for Max to go but Max did not want to miss the leaps in Ballet. Afterwards, he hurried to baseball and hit a home run. Max realized that ballet, which consists of a number of stretching exercises, helped him warm up for baseball. I particularly like this story because many people seem to think that ballet is just for girls. Max may have thought so too since he was always skeptical about going inside the dance studio. This story gives a good moral lesson which lets boys know that sometimes "girly" sports can help them become better at their sports. The pictures are nicely etched, but they lack color. They are black and white. Even though the story is fiction, the author may have correlated her book to her son, Brian, and her grandfather, Max, in which the title could have come from.

  • Aiyana Martinez
    2019-03-30 16:06

    This book starts out very detailed about a young boy who is very talented in the sport baseball. They say is very good at it and is a good brother to his sister Lisa. At first when I started to read this book I imagined a young brother being annoying bothering his sister, who he took to her dance class until he has baseball practice. It states that he simply gets interested in the class with all of his engagement and effort towards the exercises he does. Ideally we do not think baseball players or any male lead sports are interest in female lead sports so we usually assume that the opposite sex would be interested in the sport. In this story it show the audience and the reader that a male figure can enjoy a sport that is not ideally fit for the type go gender. In the end of the story, the young boy max states how he will be going to dance class in order for him to warm up for his big baseball games. Finding this interest in a sport that some people would think is not right nor correct for their type of gender is an issue but this book seems to simple state out how it is accepting and there are no issues to come with it at all. We can all like different sports some maybe be chosen for us but we get to chose to.

  • Mili Fay
    2019-04-14 14:02

    Cute! At a first glance this a very simple cute story about a little boy, Max, who discovers that ballet is not just for girls. However, considering that the story was written back in 1976, it is a forward thinking piece of literature. These days, I find nothing strange about a boy taking ballet, but even in my youth (1990s) any boy who liked to dance was given a derogatory name of one sort or another. This is a very gender-neutral book about dancing (quite yellow ;-) ) that I think both boys and girls will enjoy.I read the Aladdin Paperbacks edition. As an artist, I find the pointillism illustrations quite charming, though I sometimes wonder if there is detail lost in the printing of my copy of the book, or if they are supposed to be that fuzzy. I like both Max's grin and his frown. Though the artist is clearly not an animator, the illustrations have a lot of movement.This is a nice story. The reason I'm not giving it 5 Stars is because for me it does not go beyond nice, and I cannot see myself wanting to reread this book over and over again.

  • Katie Rice
    2019-04-14 19:22

    Max is all about baseball. He loves the game so much and plays every Saturday. On the way to his games, he drops his little sister off at dance class because it is on the way. One Saturday, he has lots of time before his game so he goes in to watch his sister for a while. The teacher invites Max to participate in the class and he tries it out. Max ends up loving dancing so much he is late for his game, and his teammates are annoyed but then Max hits a home run! Will Max pick baseball or dance? Or will he come up with another solution?I liked this book because it shows that boys can enjoy activities other than the “typical” ones society says they are supposed to. It also demonstrates the importance of keeping an open mind because you never want what you will enjoy. You can always surprise yourself.

  • Jenny
    2019-04-20 16:20

    A baseball loving boy spends some time in his sister's ballet class. He ends up loving it, especially the leaps. The illustrations are line drawings with no color, but they still convey such movement and energy and enthusiasm. Having just read two other books by Isadora this week (Firebird and Rapunzel), I am impressed by her ability to use a variety of art mediums, art styles, etc. to match the text, setting and emotion of each book. I will definitely be reading more of her work.

  • North Lake County Public Library
    2019-04-22 16:07

    A cute book, well told. The illustrations are closer to what I'd call "fine" than to "kid-friendly," in some ways. Our kids found it hard to focus on the images because they're somewhat monochromatic and hard to distinguish. Beautiful to my adult eyes, but this is one of those cases where I am not the target audience.

  • Beverly
    2019-04-19 17:18

    I first read Max back in the 70s when it first came out, so I did need a refresher read. I liked that Isadora showed that the little boy could be involved in both baseball and ballet; he did not have to choose one over the other. I liked her energetic illustrations, though (in my opinion), I think color would have made the pictures pop more.

  • Jill
    2019-03-30 18:56

    Summary: Max is walking his sister to ballet class and has time before the baseball game, so he tries to join the class. He does the splits and a leap, but has to go. Max hits a homerun and decides he is going to warm up that way before every game.Reflection: Simple quick read. The black and white illustrations are great!Themes/Connections: Ballet, Baseball

  • Sarah M.
    2019-04-23 20:06

    Max finds out that he has another interest besides baseball. The author demonstrates that dance can be a great way to get in shape and stretch for other activities. This author, again, has great illustrations to go along with the story.

  • Amber Bartram
    2019-04-25 15:25

    This book is about a boy who plays baseball, but goes to ballet practice first! I would use this to talk about how girls can do "boy things" and boys can do "girl things" and should not be made fun of!

  • Diane
    2019-04-25 14:55

    Nice little story that showed baseball players can also enjoy ballet.

  • Jen
    2019-03-27 19:11

    A baseball loving boy finds the joy in ballet. Adorable!

  • Tricia
    2019-04-01 19:11

    max stops at his sister's dance class before heading to the ball field. one of the few books which shows a boy enjoying ballet alongside of girls.