About the Book
Maximilian “Max" is a three-year old rabbit who knows what he wants and is determined to get his way. Ruby is Max’s sister and is seven years old. Rosemary Wells has based her series of books on her own two children. There is also an animated comedy television show that showcases these two characters from Well’s books on Nick Jr. (Nickelodeon).
Ruby is a protective sister who tries to keep her brother out of trouble and teach him life lessons. In the book, Max’s Breakfast, Ruby tries every trick she knows to get Max to eat his egg.
No matter how much Ruby insists that Max eat his egg, he calls it “Bad Egg." He prefers to eat strawberries instead. He finds ways to hide his egg from his sister and then hides himself under the table. Ruby insists that Max can’t hide from his egg breakfast. Showing her brother how yummy the egg is by tasting it herself, she ends up eating the entire egg and says, “It’s a yummy, yummy egg." Max is happy as the egg is totally eaten. “All gone," says Max.
This board book has simple phrases and colorful pictures of the two bunny characters. It is suitable for toddler literature and, with preschoolers, you can take the concept of this story across the curriculum with extended activities. Here are a few to try.
Circle Time Discussion (along with a Game and Music)
After reading the story, Max’s Breakfast, ask the children the following questions. You can even use these questions to access each student’s understanding of the book.
- What didn’t Max want to eat?
- What did Ruby do to convince Max to eat his egg?
- Max likes strawberries. What are strawberries and are they good for you to eat?
- What do you eat for breakfast?
- Do you like to eat eggs? Which way do you like your eggs? (scrambled, fried, hard-boiled)
- How did the story end?
- What would you do to convince your brother or sister to eat their egg?
Start a breakfast club at your center. Write each child’s name on a poster board. Save a few minutes during circle time to ask the children about their breakfast. Talk about healthy foods for breakfast. As the children begin to learn the importance of breakfast and healthy meals, reward them with a colorful sticker to place next to their name.
Use the following game to teach your students the difference between healthy foods and junk foods. Form a circle and recite the following rhyme. Have the children fall down when a junk food is named.
Ring around the rosie,
A pocket full of posies,
Oatmeal, oatmeal, we all fall down. (Don’t fall because oatmeal is a healthy food. Use foods like eggs, yogurt, cereal, fruit, etc.)
Ring around the rosie,
A pocket full of posies,
Donuts, donuts, we all fall down. (Fall down because donuts are considered junk food for breakfast. Let the children name other foods that are considered junk foods.)
Create a Fuzzy Bunny (Art)
Give each student a bunny shape cut from white heavy-duty construction paper.
From pink paper, cut out ear shapes that are slightly smaller than the ears of your bunny shape. Glue these in place. Circles of blue or googly eyes can be glued on the face.
Invite the children to spread glue on the shape and spread either fiberfill stuffing or fluffy pieces from cotton balls on the bunny for fur.
Bunny Hop Along (Math)
Let the children take turns rolling a large die and call out the number after counting the dots. Encourage the children to hop that number of times. Change the game by hopping in different ways. Think about hopping forward, backwards, to the side, around in circles. What about big hops and little hops? Continue this game until everyone has had a turn rolling the die.
Play Memory Eggs (Game)
Let the children develop their thinking and problem solving skills with this game. Place two or three different colored eggs (use the plastic ones) inside an empty egg carton. Show the carton with the eggs to the children and then close the lid.
Now, ask the children to name the colors of the eggs they remember seeing. Open the lid and show the actual eggs and see if their answers were correct. Continue this game adding an extra color each time or increase the number of eggs of one color. You can ask the children how many eggs were in the color they observed.
If your students have enjoyed the adventures of Max and Ruby with this board book, collect the others by Rosemary Wells to read to your class.
- Max’s Bath
- Max’s Bedtime
- Max’s Birthday
- Max’s First Word
- Max’s New Suit
- Max’s Ride
- Max’s Toys
- Visit the official website of Rosemary Wells – http://www.rosemarywells.com
- About Max and Ruby on Nick Jr. – http://www.nickjr.com/max-ruby/about-max-ruby/
- Photos courtesy of Tania Cowling, all rights reserved