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Mr.Peabody's Apples (Five Books for Children #2)

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  744 ratings  ·  126 reviews
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 abou...more
Published (first published January 1st 2003)
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Jessica Saunderlin
Honestly, I was not sure if I liked the book until I got to the end. What a great message! I am actually going to look for a copy of this for my own personal library.
Set in 1949 in the small town of Happville, Mr. Peabody's Apples , written by Madonna (Yes, the "Material Girl"...) and illustrated by Loren Long, is a story that will captivate younger readers due to the story line and its lush illustrations. Mr. Peabody, a well-loved teacher and baseball coach, is spotted taking an apple one day without paying for it. Tommy Tittlebottom sees Peabody do this several times and then shares his concern with others. This then becomes gossip all around Happville and...more
Erin Reilly-Sanders
I thought this story was rather dreadful. Rather than being uplifting, entertaining, and encouraging, it felt like a rather drawn out reprimand. As a parable, I see the intent of Madonna's story, but I think it's a rather didactic approach and doesn't have the possibility of a satisfactory ending. On the other hand, Loren Long's illustrations are quite acceptable, even if the quaintness of the floppy clothes and rockwell-esque figures did turn my stomach a bit. I do really prefer the Otis books,...more
this is a fantastic book with a really good meaning.
this book's moral is really important. the moral is: you should start a rumour. you should go telling things if you don't know the full story.

i will not tell the story line because i dont want to tell it. so if you are already hooked to this book i suggest you go read it.
this book has a very important meaning to it: "if you want to spread a rumour, make sure you know the whole story, because it can really hurt someones feelings" i encourage as many yr 7s to read this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mr. Peabody's ApplesMr. Peabody's Apples by Madonna

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

this book has a very important meaning to it: "if you want to spread a rumour, make sure you know the whole story, because it can really hurt someones feelings" i encourage as many yr 7s to read this book!!!!!!!...more
Michelle Allen
Apr 03, 2011 Michelle Allen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Everyone
Mr. Peabody’s Apples
By Madonna
Review by M.D. Allen
Mr. Peabody’s Apples is a beautiful demonstration of the power of words. The old saying, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me” is once again proven untrue. Words can be hurtful and damaging and this story is an invaluable way of exhibiting this without having to learn it the hard way.
Mr. Peabody is a history teacher that volunteers to coach a boy’s baseball team every Saturday in the town of Happville. Mr. Peabody...more
Mar 06, 2008 Becky rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: not sure I'd recommend it, but I wouldn't warn anyone away from it either
Shelves: children-and-ya
Mr Peabody's Apples generally makes more sense from a storytelling standpoint and from a children's marketing standpoint than Madonna's first "children's book," The English Roses, which I thought was a mess.

The message of Mr. Peabody's Apples, isn't quite what Madonna and the publicists would have you believe. It isn't so much about "the power of words" and choosing one's words carefully, as it is about not jumping to conclusions and the destructive power of rumors. It's a message related to "th...more
Rachel Kenney
Grade/interest level: Upper Elementary/Middle School
Reading level: 860 Lexile
Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Main Characters: Mr. Peabody, Tommy
Setting: 1949
POV: Narration

This book is about a baseball coached named Mr. Peabody. One day after a baseball game, Mr. Peabody is caught "stealing" an apple. A boy runs and tells the rest of the kids on his baseball team that the coach is a thief. Mr. Peabody confronts the boy, Tommy, and tells him he was not stealing, but that he has prepaid for...more
Natalie Sabbath
Mr. Peabody’s Apples
Main Characters:
POV: Third Person

Summary: “Mr. Peabody’s Apples,” is a story written by Madonna, the famous musical artist. Mr. Peabody is a teacher in a small town called Happville. Everyone loves Mr. Peabody and his wonderful commitment to the children of Happville, whether it is in the classroom or on the baseball field as the coach of the boy’s baseball team. Mr. Peabody leaves every baseball game and stops at Mr. Funkadeli’s Fruit Market and takes an apple. One day after...more
Casey Mcguire
Grade/Interest Level: Primary
Reading Level: AD860 L
Genre: Fiction, Picture Book

Main Characters: Mr. Peabody, Tommy
Setting: Town of Hapville

Mr. Peabody is a teacher and the town's baseball coach for the boy's baseball team. He is a very liked and respected man in the community. One day after a game Tommy watches as Mr. Peabody takes an apple from a grocery store stand without paying for it an assumes he stole it. Tommy tells some friends, who tell some others, who tell some others, and s...more
Grade/interest level: Upper Elementary/Middle School
Reading level: AD860L
Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Main Characters: Mr. Peabody, Tommy
Setting: 1949 in Happville, USA
POV: narrator

This is a story of Mr. Peabody who coaches a baseball team. Every Saturday they have a game, Mr. Peabody has been caught taking apples from shop keeper. Quickly, a rumor spreads that Mr. Peabody is a thief. Tommy, a young baseball player on the team who started the rumor, is confonted by Mr. Peabody when he...more
Grade/Interest Level: Primary (K-2)
Reading Level: Lexile, 860 L AD
Genre: Picture Book, Fiction

Main Characters: Mr. Peabody, Tommy
Setting: Town of Hapville
POV: Third Person

Summary: Mr. Peabody is a teacher and the town's baseball coach for the boy's baseball team. One day after a game, Tommy watches as Mr. Peabody takes an apple from a grocery store stand without paying for it. He assumes he stole it and Tommy tells some of his friends. That led to others to tell some other people and created a c...more
Beth Teeple
Mr. Peabody's Apples is absolutely one of my favorite books to read to my class at the beginning of the school year. I have to be honest that I'm skeptical anytime I pick up a book written by a celebrity, but this one was well done. The story takes place in small town America where Mr. Peabody is an elementary teacher and baseball coach. One day he is observed taking an apple from an apple stand without paying. A rumor starts and quickly spreads through the small town. It has an incredibly power...more
Katie Mccue
This picture book is about the power of our words, and how once we say something we can apologize but we can never un-repair the damage that our words may have caused. The story is about a man who coaches baseball for some young boys. Each day on his walk home he picks up an apple from the fruit stand. One of the boys sees him do this and tells everyone in their town that he steals the apples. The news spreads fast and soon no one will speak to Mr. Peabody and no one shows up for the baseball ga...more
Joe Arnold
Mr. Peabody's Apples by Madonna

rating: 4 stars. This was a great ancient proverb turned to picture book. The illistrations and language made the town and the characters seem familiar, especially if the reader comes from a small town.

Summary: Mr. Peabody is a teacher and baseball coach in Happville. He organizes boys to play other small towns every saturday. After one player sees Mr. Peabody appear to take something without paying for it, the kids, and the rest of the small town, come to question...more
I truly enjoyed this book. This a great addition to character education! I think my students will be fascinated by the illustrations and the message behind the story. This is great for all ages but especially upper elementary school since it reveals the truth about spreading rumors. The story caught me off guard and I think that my students will feel the same. I plan to own a copy for my classroom. For a lesson I would ask the students to write about an experience where they either spread a rumo...more
Katherine Fountain
I was very skeptical before reading this book when I saw that Madonna was the author. However, I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed the story. Mr. Peabody is a local teacher and coach who is mistakenly accused of stealing an apple. The one person who misinterpreted the taking of the apple told a few people then that quickly spread all across the town. Mr. Peabody was very hurt and his reputation was also put on the line. On the last garage the quote "don't be so quick to judge a person...more
I really love this book as it is a tangible demonstration of the power of words. The way Mr. Peabody has the boy shake out the pillowcase and scatter the feathers- then tells him to go pick them up- is a great message of how we can never take back what we say. We can apologize, but that won't completely take away the hurt. I love this book for fifth grade, as it is pertinent to their social lives. I read this aloud to my students and they were very vocal in our discussion afterward. I also have...more
There's gold (and irony) in them thar hills! First the gold.... Gorgeous, fanciful and captivating artwork accompanied by a fantastic and impactful lesson story that may not include breathtaking prose, but the continually positive message spurred on by the magical illustrations, made for a good read just the same. Now the irony...I chose this book by it's cover, which was enchanting, and didn't even notice the author until I sat down with my girls to read, whereupon I made an immediate pre-judge...more
Jul 15, 2008 Erinn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Second - Fifth
Recommended to Erinn by: School librarian.
Shelves: picturebooks
Mr. Peabody, the local teacher and baseball coach, is caught stealing apples from Mr. Funkideli's fruit stand. Without talking to Mr. Peabody about his actions, town children decided to spread the nasty rumor all around the small town of Happville. As soon as Mr. Peabody realizes what is happening, he questions the boy who began the rumor. Is Mr. Peabody "really" a thief? Can the young boy mend fences with the town's teacher?

This excellent story is filled with colorful illustrations. I have fou...more
I picked this up at the library primarily because I was curious about a children's book written by Madonna, it seems somewhat contradicting to me. Anyhow...I love this book! I want to own this book! I noticed this book has very mixed ratings, but then if occurred to me, that a great deal of people in our society don't really value the moral boundaries of gossip-the whole premise of this book. This book illustrates the perfect children's example as to why we shouldn't gossip. Read it, let me know...more
Whitnie Chatwin
Feb 03, 2010 Whitnie Chatwin added it  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: all ages
I Love this book! It has such a good lesson that goes along with the story. It is interesting and clever. I really enjoyed the illustations also. Loren Long does a great job at putting a lot of detail in the characters and making the pictures so colorful and vibrant. Who knew Madonna was a great musician AND children's liturature write? I really enjoyed the names of the characters like Tommy Tittlebottom and Mr funkadeli. I think this book is fun for kids of all ages and has a great message that...more
Jennifer Tarr
I was surprised to adore a book by Madonna (yes, the pop star) so very, very much. This tale of a little boy, his teacher and baseball coach, and reputation is based on a 300 year old tale told to her by a Kabbalah teacher and teaches about the power of words. The illustrations, paintings by Loren Long, are luminous. They capture even more than words the aching heart of a little boy who has done something wrong, vast challenge of reclaiming a tarnished reputation, and the quiet calm of forgivene...more
Mr. Peabody is the towns baseball coach and a teacher. He seems like a very insightful man who has the trust of everyone in town, until he is spotted "stealing" apples from a local fruit stand. One of his players sees him take an apple and tells everyone that Mr. Peabody is a thief. Once Mr. Peabody hears this he teaches Tommy, the tattler, a vaulable lesson. He teaches him that he should ask before judging someone else and ruining that persons reputation. Overall, a very teachable moment kind o...more
Kerri Harshaw
I was immediately attracted to this book the moment I saw the illustrations. They are beautiful! The story has a main theme about not spreading rumors if you are not fully aware of the situation you are spreading rumors about. Another main point in the book is how spreading rumors (especially untruthful ones) can really hurt the person you are talking about. This is a great story with a great moral that will help teach children a good life lesson about how you should treat others kindly.
Who would think I would like a book written by Madonna? For the most part I think Madonna is a waste of good space and oxygen but this book has made me a little less rough on her. It isn't written very well but the story and message is great. I doubt she would have been published if she wasn't Madonna. She said she got the story from her Kaballah teacher (eye roll) but I like the attempt. I don't love the pictures and it is very wordy but over all I liked it....I know I am shocked TOO!!
Beautiful; both in writing and in illustration.

This story is about a boy who misinterprets an action of another and leads everyone in town (which wasn’t a very big town) to believe Mr. Peabody is a thief. After confronting him, the boy learns the truth and must undo that which he had done.

This story shows us the power of words, both good and bad. We should think before we speak so that our words are not misunderstood by others.
Excellent story to teach about rumors and the power of your words. "It doesn't matter what it looked like; what matters is the truth."
Sherry Schwabacher
Beautiful story about the hazards of gossip - written be a woman who has certainly been the target of our "gossip-industrial complex" of tabloids/TV/Internet. Well-written and gorgeously illustrated, this would be a good addition to any collection of fables and moral tales.
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“There is one more thing," said Mr. Peabody. "Now you must go and pick up all the feathers."
... "I don't think it's possible to pick up all the feathers," Tommy replied.
"It would be just as impossible to undo the damage that you have done by spreading the rumor that I am a thief," said Mr. Peabody. "Each feather represents a person in Happyville." ... "Next time, don't be so quick to judge a person. And remember the power of your words.”
“It doesn't matter what it looked like. What matters is the truth." (Mr. Peabody to Tommy)” 1 likes
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