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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
As with Madonna's previous book, the art was more impressive than the storytelling, but this story I liked better than The English Roses. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Swankivy
Madonna writes great books that tell great moral stories. This book teaches a great life lesson about gossiping.Published 22 days ago by Teacher80
This book should be a part of every school counselor's library. Madonna wonderfully describes the harmful effects of gossip.Published 1 month ago by Loucindy Benton
Love this book! I bought it for a character education read aloud about the power of words. Fifth grade can be a difficult time for kids when cliques are formed and gossiping... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michelle McDonald
This is the second book in a series by Madonna, My daughters (3 and 5) both love these books, which by the way have great moral lessons in each of them.Published 3 months ago by Drvrob
This book provides people with a good lesson about the damaging power of rumors. The Material Girl updates a historic tale and sets her version in a small town in which kids see... Read morePublished 4 months ago by My Two Cents
Great story! Fantastic illustrations! I read this story to my students each and every year! A great lesson can be learned about the power of our words.Published 5 months ago by KD Jones