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Two Sticks

by Orel Protopopescu

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Fun! Rhyming book about a kid who wants a drum. She drives her family and neighbors crazy with her drumming, but they won't get her actual drums. Until she finds herself entrancing crocodiles with her drums, and presents the crocodile herd as a perfect set of drums ... suddenly her parents are willing to get her a drum.

The child is daring and fun, brave and spirited. ( )
  lquilter | Mar 23, 2014 |
I like this book. It's a great book to use when discussing rhythm or even Louisiana. This is a very fun book. ( )
  TamaraSmith | Apr 16, 2013 |
Maybelle wants a drum and her parents will not buy one for her. So she finds two sticks to play with instead. She continues to bang her two sticks on everything imaginable throughout the house until her frustrated parents ask her to make noise elsewhere. When the bridge on which Maybelle bangs her sticks collapses, she lands in a swamp with crocodiles. After recovering from her initial fear, she plays her rhythm on the crocodiles’ teeth and soon they are friends. She brings them to her neighborhood. After seeing the crocodiles, Maybelle’s frightened parents decide to buy her a drum after all. I love the creative rhyming and colorful illustrations. Great to incorporate in to a creative writing lesson, music lesson, or English lesson. k-2 ( )
  mmwrigh3 | Nov 16, 2011 |
Maybelle loves to drum, but after bringing home eleven crocodiles, her parents are only too eager to replace them with any drum of Maybelle's choosing. ( )
  nancyken | Aug 9, 2008 |
Protopopescu, Orel. Two Sticks. Illus. Anne Wilsdorf. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux,
2007.

Maybelle wants a drum and her parents will not buy one for her, so she finds two sticks to play rhythms with instead. She continues to bang her “two bounce-like-a-kangaroo sticks, two drum-dee-dum-dee-doo sticks” throughout the house until her frustrated parents ask her to make noise elsewhere. When the bridge on which Maybelle bangs her sticks snaps, she lands in a swamp with many crocodiles. After recovering from her initial fear, she plays her rhythm on the crocodiles’ teeth and brings the enthralled crocodiles back to her neighborhood with her. Upon seeing the crocodiles, Maybelle’s overwhelmed parents agree to buy her a drum.
Written in unique rhythmic lines, Protopopescu’s text will enchant many preschool through first grade children, who will be able to relate to Maybelle’s egocentric behavior while enjoying the story’s rhymes and repetition. Illustrator Anne Wilsdorf adds emotion to the rhythmic text through her vivid acrylic illustrations and symbolic color selections. Maybelle, for instance, is depicted in a bold orange dress representative of her audacity, while murky green crocodile-infested swamp water helps readers empathize with Maybelle’s initial fear when the bridge snaps in the middle of the book.
Providing children with their own homemade percussion instruments so that they can play along with Maybelle while chanting some lines of the story will increase their enjoyment and coordination while helping them develop an appreciation for rhythm and rhyme.
  cdl | Sep 10, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374380228, Hardcover)

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.

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Maybelle loves to drum, but after bringing home eleven crocodiles in whose mouth she has played a toothy tune, her parents are only too eager to replace them with any drum of Maybelle's choosing.

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