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Mr. Peabody's Apples (edition 2003)

by Madonna, Loren Long, Loren Long (Illustrator)

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Title:Mr. Peabody's Apples
Authors:Madonna
Other authors:Loren Long, Loren Long (Illustrator)
Info:Callaway (2003), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 40 pages
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The style is a bit twee and didactic - but it's a fable, so that's appropriate. The paintings by [a:Loren Long|329975|Loren Long|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/user/u_50x66-ccc56e79bcc2db9e6cdcd450a4940d46.png] give it the depth and charm that many readers, like me, enjoy. I don't know about you, but I expect the ending is more satisfactory if one assumes, as I do, that Tommy will talk the Truth to the townsfolk as he collects the feathers.

I never expected to read anything by Madonna, as I'm not automatically impressed by celebrity authors, but I'm glad I picked this up in the thrift store and read it before passing it on via bookcrossing. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
I really liked the use of descriptive words when the author was describing the different characters. The reader definitely gains a sense of knowing the character through the strong details. Each page of text was written with a few paragraphs of large text, which is appealing to the eye and easier for the reader. There are also captions under some of the illustrations, which clears up any misconceptions about the picture as well as supports the text. For example, there is a picture of Mr. Peabody with the caption, "Mr. Peabody wonders where everyone is", which helps the reader's comprehension. The main message of this book is to not be so quick at judging people, because they just may surprise you. I think this is an appropriate lesson for this age group, because a lot of the time children can be cruel. ( )
  alexavecchio | Nov 3, 2015 |
Really enjoyed this book, the illustrations and the moral. Found a copy at the thrift store and donated it to my daughter's school. ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
This book would be used during a class meeting, or as a mentor text when writing a parable that has a life lesson. In it, the main character learns the harm in gossiping, and that spreading rumors is like feathers being blown in the wind form a torn-apart pillow. It is impossible to retrieve all the feathers like it is impossible to retrieve all the rumors. ( )
  kellycaboose | Jul 24, 2015 |
A must-read to begin every new school year. Classic tale told beautifully through prose and colorful illustrations that are enjoyed as much as the story. Excellent book to build community and address character building. ( )
  Deb_Hendry | Feb 21, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0670058831, Hardcover)

With Mr. Peabody's Apples, her gorgeous sophomore venture into the realm of children's literature, Madonna sustains her transformation from material girl to mom. Inspired by a 300-year-old Ukrainian story and illustrated by the talented Loren Long, Madonna's tale is about the dangers of gossip. As a frequent target of the rumor mill, who better to teach the young ones about the "power of words" and their potential to cause "harm to others" than the newly reformed diva?

Set in a tiny American town, Madonna's story features the big-hearted and much beloved Mr. Peabody, an elementary school teacher and Little League coach who dedicates his summer Saturdays to the local losing team. The kindly teacher seems to savor life the way he savors his weekly apple--taking pleasure in the little things. One weekend after the game, Tommy Tittlebottom watches Mr. Peabody take his apple without paying for it. The following weekend Tommy calls in reinforcements to witness Mr. Peabody's transgression. By the next Saturday, Mr. Peabody's apparent theft has become grist for the Happville rumor mill and no one comes to Little League practice. These moments truly highlight Long's talents as an illustrator--the handsome Mr. Peabody (part Harry Connick Jr., part Robert Redford) comes to life on the page, his disappointment as palpable as that of Billy Little, the young boy who idolizes him. A simple explanation puts the rumors to rest, but as Mr. Peabody points out in a poignant demonstration, small talk can often lead to big trouble for everyone.

In a wonderful departure from her debut children's book The English Roses, Madonna has created a tribute to 1940's small-town America that delivers a fundamental message about respecting others. Children will love Mr. Peabody and parents will appreciate the gentle nudge with which he delivers his message. Mr. Peabody's Apples unfolds slowly, but readers young and old will want to linger over each illustrated page lovingly rendered in a muted pallet of rich color. --Daphne Durham

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