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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
I Love the story line in this book the lesson it teaches of spreading rumors. A great book every home should have. I have bought this several times and given them for gifts. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Beena
A great story for kids of all ages. Adults could use a reminder of the power of words too.Published 1 month ago by Hope Law
This is one of my favorite books about squashing rumors. When one boy sees Mr. Peabody taking an apple from the market, he passes the rumor on to everyone else in the town. Read morePublished 1 month ago by optismile
I bought this book "used" and it is in remarkably good condition. Actually it's like new. The story of Mr. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mid-life Mess
Most timely book for today's youth I have come across in a while! The message of how strong the power of the tongue really is hits home with children and adults alike!Published 2 months ago by happy camper
I love this book it sends a really important message to us all. It is definitely worth reading it to your children, even if you do not have children, the world would be a better... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rebecca Booth
This picture book is beautifully illustrated and the story really sends a message. It's great for discussion with children.Published 4 months ago by Jeff Honeycutt