Max Said Yes! The Woodstock Story


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.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

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

Content Awareness Factors:

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.

Little Kid 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.

Parent 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.

Type of Book:
This is an early-reader picture book that introduces the Woodstock music festival to kids.
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.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
5 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
2 to 6
Age of child:
Read with 7 year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is a book that is likely to have more meaning for the adults than the kids its intended for.

Title Max Said Yes! the Woodstock Story
Author Abigail Yasgur, Joseph Lipner
Publisher Change the Universe Press © 2009
Illustrators Barbara Mendes
ISBN 9780615211442
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.95
Genres Music, History
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