Max and Friends

Author: Surman, Susan; Owings, Rae (Illustrator)

Subjects: Relationships; Animal Story; Self-Esteem

Age: 5, 6, 7, 8

Grade: K, 1, 2, 3

Order code: 3881

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 3881S

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Max is a young son of the obscure Purple Royal Rabbits, so called not because of any royal blood but because they are the color purple. Max's father wants his family to mingle among others and to learn from them, so he takes his family of 18 from their homeland to the New World.

Because they are different, they are laughed at and mocked in the land of promise. After a humiliating experience with his father, Sonny, the oldest son, runs away, taking only his beloved saxophone, determined to make a life for himself out from under his father's domination. The purple rabbits return to their homeland. Only Max is given permission to remain look for his brother. So begins Max's epic journey to find Sonny, who is always one step ahead of him on the road of life.

Innocent, non-jaded Max, out in the world for the first time, meets new situations without preconceived prejudices. With each surprise encounter, he meets the moment, taking from it and giving to it. He learns that all things are possible. He is driven by his mission. He never gives up; he deals with each situation, often with humor, then moves on, never losing his focus.

Max and Friends begins in the present with a family reunion at the Hotel Jolly. The story is told in flashback over the period of the year leading to the present party. Max's lessons are life's basic success patterns: Always be yourself. Never lose your soul. Listen to your inner voice. Treat others the way they want to be treated, not the way you would want to be treated. We are all connected, and in each encounter, we leave something behind and take something away. The passing on of knowledge is a circle. Read, and you will always have a friend. Mothers are our first "gurus." Family love is unconditional. Listen. Every breath does not have to be a spoken word. All things are possible. Keep going—sometimes you have to pierce through the pain to get to the peace.

Susan Surman is an internationally known playwright and actress. Illustrator Rae Owings was a co-director and co-host of the PBS television series Gather 'Round and Telltales. She was the Artist in Action at concerts for young people with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Fairfax Symphony at Wolf Trap, and others, sketching on large panels of paper as music was played.

Max is a young son of the obscure Purple Royal Rabbits, so called not because of any royal blood but because they are the color purple. Max's father wants his family to mingle among others and to learn from them, so he takes his family of 18 from their homeland to the New World. 

Because they are different, they are laughed at and mocked in the land of promise. After a humiliating experience with his father, Sonny, the oldest son, runs away, taking only his beloved saxophone, determined to make a life for himself out from under his father's domination. The purple rabbits return to their homeland. Only Max is given permission to remain look for his brother. So begins Max's epic journey to find Sonny, who is always one step ahead of him on the road of life. 

Innocent, non-jaded Max, out in the world for the first time, meets new situations without preconceived prejudices. With each surprise encounter, he meets the moment, taking from it and giving to it. He learns that all things are possible. He is driven by his mission. He never gives up; he deals with each situation, often with humor, then moves on, never losing his focus.

Max and Friends begins in the present with a family reunion at the Hotel Jolly. The story is told in flashback over the period of the year leading to the present party. Max's lessons are life's basic success patterns: Always be yourself. Never lose your soul. Listen to your inner voice. Treat others the way they want to be treated, not the way you would want to be treated. We are all connected, and in each encounter, we leave something behind and take something away. The passing on of knowledge is a circle. Read, and you will always have a friend. Mothers are our first "gurus." Family love is unconditional. Listen. Every breath does not have to be a spoken word. All things are possible. Keep going—sometimes you have to pierce through the pain to get to the peace.

Susan Surman is an internationally known playwright and actress. Illustrator Rae Owings was a co-director and co-host of the PBS television series Gather 'Round and Telltales. She was the Artist in Action at concerts for young people with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Fairfax Symphony at Wolf Trap, and others, sketching on large panels of paper as music was played.

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