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Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship Hardcover – August 2, 2012
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The aspect of the "properness" of an apple befriending a worm might best be compared to having a little rat being a genius French chef like in Pixar's film "Ratatouille". It's absurd of course, but it's also the whole point: beauty, love and inspiration can be found in the most unlikely of places. we have only to be open to it. In any case, the reader or reviewer who over-thinks the scenario and posits that there really IS something wrong with an apple befriending a little worm obviously stopped believing in the magic of childhood a long time ago.
How many children's books deal with the complex issue of being bullied for who you like? I can't think of any and yet this is one of the most common weapons that bullies use. Bravo for handling the issue with kind spirit and humor.
While bullying is part of the book, Bad Apple is really about friendship and what it's worth to us. In a word, everything. My son read it and seems to really understand now that he's allowed to like anyone he wants to like as long as they treat him with respect. His cousin also read the book to himself one morning while visiting. He closed the book and whispered to himself "I love this book". He didn't know I heard him.
A beautiful concept, beautifully done.
The story is a wonderful lesson for young readers and sets a good tone for a beginning talk about tolerance, bullying, and accepting our friends for who they are.
Mac (the apple--such a clever name!) and Will are delightful characters that really come to life. You care about these characters and while I was reading, I could imagine this story and the characters on film.
Finally, I have to say something about the breathtaking artwork of this book. These are not quick drawings--the artwork is done in oils and the richness and depth come shining through. When I opened the book, I literally went, "Ahhhhhhh!" I have absolutely NEVER seen such amazing artwork in a children's book--and there are such wonderful little surprises in the art. Hemingway is not only a fantastic illustrator, his clever wit adds even more dimension.
I teach early childhood development and this book hits all the marks for great children's literature. In fact, I loved this book so much that I have already ordered copies of this book for this year's new literature in my university's child development labs. I know children--and they are going to love this book!
Edward Hemingway is a talent we should all keep our eye on. It's fabulous (and rare) when you see this kind of amazing talent bloom. It's a completely joy from cover to cover.
Mac is a good apple. He shares his toys with the other apples and helps Granny Smith pick up after art class. One day, while Mac is taking a nap on the perfect pillow of green grass it begins to rain. When Mac wakes up, he finds he's no longer alone -- a little worm has made himself at home inside Mac's head.
Instead of being bothered, Mac happily becomes Will's friend. The fly kites and play in the dirt. The two are as happy as can be until they visit the orchard where the other apples make fun, calling Mac a rotten apple. Will can't stand to see his friend hurt and leaves. But nothing is the same without Will. There's a hole that Mac can't fill -- only his friend can do that.
In the end, Mac would rather be a bad apple with a good friend than a sad apple without one.
"Bad Apple" is a striking picture book. Bright colors and charming characters will instantly catch children's attention. Edward's clean and simple text is the perfect accompaniment to his bold artwork. Children will easily relate to this tale of friendship and can learn from Mac's brave attitude toward bullying.
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I love this book! It is a really good picture of friendship challenges when friends are different. It talks about having the courage to stand up and be friends with who you want... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Julie M. Slaughter
Edward is a terrible author. This is an awful, awful book. There are two horrible ways to interpret this that come to mind.
(1) Mac the apple meets Will the worm. Read more
Great little book. Little kids love it. Nice illustration and simple story line.Published 2 months ago by venkat
I loved reading this to my kindergarten class! I read this to kick off our apple unit and it was such a cute story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by yajaira magallon
My first grade class really enjoyed this book. After reading it to them, I placed it in our class library. The kids enjoy reading it for free reading time.Published 4 months ago by Elizabeth B.
The charming illustrations and elements of adorable wit in this book certainly make it appealing at first. Read morePublished 6 months ago by midwestmom