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

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,328 Ratings  ·  217 Reviews
Inspired by a story about the damage than can be caused by spreading rumours about what one sees rather than by seeking truth, credited to Baal Shem Tov - "Master of the Good Name."
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published November 10th 2003 by Callaway (first published January 1st 2003)
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Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Divna priča, jako lijepe ilustracije.
Tory Haberman
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Peabody’s Apples by Madonna and illustrated by Loren Long is about a history teacher named Mr. Peabody who organized baseball games with other schools every Saturday. No matter who won, his elementary school children had a great time because of their love for baseball. After each game, Mr. Peabody would clean up the field (with the help of a student named Billy Little), walk home down the main street of Happville waving to everyone he knew, and pick out the shiniest apple from Mr. Funkadeli’ ...more
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Peabody's Apples

The book is about Mr. Peabody who is a baseball coach, and it’s also about Tommy a baseball player who is a student of Mr. Peabody. Billy is a little kid who isn’t a big kid, he is also a student of Mr. Peabody. Mr. Peabody picked up the shiniest apple at a market in the town called Happyville while Billy Little was at baseball field. Mr. Peabody asked Billy to cut his pillow in half and the feathers flow out of the pillow that was cut in half.

I liked this book because it w
Sep 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Peabody is a history teacher who is also a baseball coach. After every game, he takes an apple from a fruit shop without paying. Then, one day, someone sees him, and thinks he shoplifted.
I think it was a good book, and contains some good example for kids to follow. This book also teaches a good lesson about rumors. Another reason I liked it is it shows how rumors can spread, and how they have a great effect on things. One final thing I liked was the pictures, because they were very well do
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
I would recommend this book to a kindergartner or a 1st grader. I would recommend it to these people because i think kindergartners and 1st graders will like it because it is “baseball, solving problems and helping others”. This book is a good book for kindergartners and 1st graders.
Jessica Saunderlin
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Amanda  Schreiber
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great reminder that words have power & you can't talk back what you say. Perfect for the start of anew school year.
Jeanie (Read Write Sparkle Coffee) Cullip
The picture book, Mr. Peabody's Apples is a story of a man who lives in a small town. In the book, Mr. Peabody is quickly judged by a boy who saw a strange occurrence at the outside market. When it happened again the following week, he damaged the reputation of Mr. Peabody by spreading the rumor of what he saw and did not quite understand. This caused trouble for the man in the small town, until he confronted the boy who started the rumor.

This is an incredible story to explain why we need to go
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Ini cerita tentang hoax.
Madonna (iya Madonna yang itu) terinspirasi dari kisah yang sering disampaikan gurunya di Kabbalah. Madonna meramu kisah yang telah berusia 300 tahun itu menjadi cerita masa kini yang bagus untuk pendidikan karakter anak. Untuk tak mudah menyebarkan berita tanpa kita verifikasi sebelumnya. Sebab sebuah berita bohong yang sudah menyebar sangat sulit untuk ditarik kembali. Pun akan sangat merugikan orang yang menjadi "tersangka" kabar hoax . Mr Peabody menggambarkan dengan
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Great book to use for teaching theme.
I think it was a good book.
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Peabody’s Apples starts with still pictures of a baseball game happening. Then we meet Mr. Peabody who is a teacher and baseball coach in the town of Happville. Tommy is a quiet child who notices Mr. Peabody take an apple from a fruit stand outside a store after a baseball game and notices that Mr. Peabody does not pay for it. The next week no one shows up to the baseball game but Tommy. Tommy tells Mr. Peabody that he saw him take the apple without paying and that the whole town now thinks ...more
Marialena Vourthis
I would read this book to a first or second grader because the book doesn't have that many words, it has pictures and little kids mostly focus on the pictures. This book would also teach kids life lessons. It would also teach kids not to be a bully. This book is a good book because it would teach little kids to tell the truth when they did something wrong.
Erin Reilly-Sanders
Aug 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, picturebook
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
Carlos Guerrero
This is is about Mr.Peabody baseball team and his player thinks he shoplifted.Tommy thought Mr.Peabody shoplifted.
I like this book because,I like the pictures and it had a good story.I liked the story because,It had to do with 1 of my favorite sport and my favorite fruit.It is also about him taking an apple and Tommy thinks he shoplifted Tommy runs to his friends and say he shoplifted.None of the players come to the game because,Tommy said Mr.Peabody shoplifted.Then Tommy says he stole from the
Alejandro Galindo
I would review this book to a 1st grader or second grader because the book doesn’t have that many words and a 1st grader might like it or second grader because it has baseball in it and a life problem. It may teach kids to not be mean like Tommy Tittle Bottom. It can teach kids to be nice to each other like billy little.
In sports It can help kids not be sad when they loss all the time and maybe cheer them on. I would recommend this book to my sister because she needs to know how not to be mad
Mar 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Sydney Garcia
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would review this book to maybe a 1st or 2nd grader because it is kind of about how words can hurt people and it takes a lot to get the people you hurt back. It is also about how Billy little is telling the truth, and how Mr. Peabody is explaining how to still be nice to the people who are mean to you also Mr. Peabody wanted to make things right between the town.
Amanda Carr
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am always hesitant to read the books written by famous actors, musicians, etc., so was pleasantly surprised by this sweet and simple story about the power of one person's actions. Make sure you read the back where Madonna explains where the idea for the story came from!
Dec 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
No, just no.
Ryan M. Hanna
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Yes, it was written by Madonna. Yes, it literally ran you over with the theme. But, it was a good story and one I'd like to share.
Ellie Wood
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Peabody's Apples written by Madonna is a story about a history teacher named Mr. Peabody who coaches the elementary school baseball team on Saturdays. Every week after the game Mr. Peabody cleans up the field with the help of a boy named billy. He then walks home through the small town of Happville waving hello to everyone he knows. Mr. Peabody stops at Mr. Funnkidelis market and takes the shiniest apple and puts it in his pocket. One day a little boy named Tommy Tittlebottom say him take th ...more
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 5 stars

I adore the illustrations in this book, as well as the message it conveys (mainly to younger readers). The fact that it talks about the amount of power words have over someone is incredible. It's like the quote "Think, before you say", as in get all the facts of the situation before you assume and criticize someone for their actions when they've done nothing wrong. I feel, we as people hold so much judgement against one another that we just need to relax and not care about what pe
Nov 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: favorites
At first I was a little unsure about Mr. Peabody's Apples. I didn't realize that Madonna was a children's book author and was a bit skeptical. I also was not really drawn to the art work. It was recommended to me by a teacher, so I thought I would give it a try and I was glad I did. It was the ending that really made me appreciate this book. The story is about a small town in the 1940's, a hurtful rumor and forgiveness. It is a fiction picture book for 2nd to 3rd grade reading levels, but could ...more
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this book because it was on my school's pillars of character reading list under responsibility. It is an old-fashioned tale and has illustrations that evoke an old-fashioned feel, but the characters are diverse and the message is timeless. In fact, the message of this book is more relevant today than ever. This story teaches readers to be careful of the gossip they spread around about people since it is impossible to take it back. Mr. Peabody is a beloved man in town and even he is laid l ...more
Laura G
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
A memorable story about how words are hard to take back after you have spread a rumor. The story was meaningful and the illustrations were wonderful. But the text and illustrations seem somehow disconnected; instead of being laid out like a typical picture book with text and illustrations on each page, there were full pages of text, next to beautiful illustrations with captions (lines repeated from the story). Usually, captions are not needed in picture books. Nonetheless, an important story.
Kris Dersch
Jul 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
OMG, ugh. We got interrupted while reading this so didn't have to finish it, thank goodness. Somehow, this dreck had eluded me until now. I knew of its existence but had never tried to read it. I can't even tell you if I liked the story because I was grateful to have not gotten that far. Terrible writing (too many asides,) the NAMING is just awful (Billy Little (who wasn't very big.)) Just cringe-worthy. Please, if you are going to enter the world of children's book writing, have some respect fo ...more
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teachers, librarians, kids
People often think celebrities get books published because of their name. Maybe that's true, but not for Madonna. This lady can write. This book proves it if you're wondering. This was my second year using this book to teach cause and effect in the library to fourth graders. It's perfect!

Library Lessons and Classroom Connections
Cause and Effect
Character Talk: Gossip, reputation, and making amends
Lynn  Davidson
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mr. Peabody was a teacher who gave his time to the Little League baseball team. One day one of the boys saw him take an apple but he didn't see him pay for it. When Mr. Peabody learns that word got around that he was a thief, he set out to make things right and teach a lesson. Gorgeous illustrations.
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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)” 6 likes
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