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Mr Peabody's Apples [Hardcover]

Madonna , Loren Long
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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10 Nov 2003
The second truly sumptuous book in this illustrated series by Madonna.

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; first edition (10 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141380489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141380483
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 20.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 470,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'While I've envisioned myself doing many things in this life, writing children's books was never one of them...Raising kids makes most people, including myself, grow up at least a little. It also makes us more responsible and more thoughtful about our own actions and their consequences for those around us...I hope these chiLdren's books inspire kids of all ages - even grown-up ones. This book was inspired by a nearly 300-year-old story that was told to me by my Kabbalah teacher. It is about the power of words. And how we must choose them carefully to avoid causing harm to others.

The Baal Shem Tov - MASTER OF THE GOOD NAME - who was the author of the original story, was also a great teacher. He dedicated his life to heping others, and stressed the value and importance of love for all people. I hope that I have done his story justice. This book is dedicated to teachers everywhere'- Madonna

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Madonna is an international celebrity - pop star, film star and mother. She has recorded 16 albums and appeared in 18 films and is now making a very exciting move into children's books. She is married to the film producer, Guy Ritchie, and has two children. She spends her time between London and Los Angeles. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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IN THE TOWN OF HAPPVILLE (which wasn't a very big town), Mr. Peabody was congratulating his Little League team on a great game. Read the first page
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy tale to teach every child! 26 Nov 2004
I've read negative reviews of these books and that surprise me.
These are childrens books, written for children, by a mother who was getting despondant that she couldn't find any books that taught her children morals.
I think its important to forget that this book was written Madonna the superstar, and concentrate on the content. (Though, lets be honest, is there anyone more qualified to combat the books subject matter?)
This particular book deals with THE POWER OF THE WORD, and is perhaps aimed more at boys (simply because of the characters and illustrations), though all kids should be taught the aim of the book. The story has been inspired by some of the teachings of the Jewish spiritual faith 'Kabbalah'. The reality is, the message forms the basics of any sprituality, and general moral that every child should be taught, and the earlier the better.
Yes, its simply written, but the story is well told, and its beautifully illustrated.
I would expect this to be a welcome and worthy addition to any childs book collection.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars smashing book 22 Feb 2004
By A Customer
This book is smashing to help young children understand the importnce of honestly and chivalry in a person and to step into other people's shoes and walk around in them. One of many few books which teaches children subtly and makes an impact on them. I would STRONGLY reccomend this book, as it can help influence a childs way of looking at life.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Mr. Peabody's Apples is the second of five children's books written by Madonna. The story is a retelling of a 300 year old classic from the Jewish tradition of Ukraine. Set in a small American town in the 1950s, it uses a misunderstanding and rumor to show the importance of a person's good name and the ease with which it can carelessly be destroyed.
Mr. Peabody is a school teacher who is also the coach of the local little league team. One day a boy sees him take an apple from the green grocer without paying. How does the child react when he thinks this respected member of the community is a thief? How does Mr. Peabody clear his name? This is a tale that will appeal to the young at heart regardless of age.
The book is beautifully illustrated in a US Depression era style by Loren Long. Full page color illustrations alternate with pages of text that are boxed in with monochrome drawings. A sumptuous treat to the eye as well as the soul.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVELY 20 Nov 2003
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Peabody's Apples 7 July 2004
By A Customer
What a fabulous story and with such a great message, it is so true - we are so quick to judge others and also to spread the wrong message.
Not enough people take responsibility for their actions nowadays - I have read it over and over to my children and they are absolutely fascinated with it and it has prompted a lot of thought and questions - which is what a book like this one should do.
The illustrations are also wonderful, a great book to have and to keep for a very long time. It has also prompted a lot of thought from an adult perspective!
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5.0 out of 5 stars VERY NICE 18 Feb 2014
By mauro
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It is a very subtle book and written with tons of wisdom and sensibility. A good choice for a present.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Story, With A Great Life Lesson. 4 Jan 2014
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This book contains one of the best life lessons that everyone should know, but what makes it even more special is that it is beautifully illustrated. Well written, and an eye-opening book- it is an essential for ages 1-100!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting story, well written 6 April 2013
I read this book in the local library, and loved it. I didn't notice the author at the time. It contains a truth which my 6 year old loved as a bedtime story, and it made me think. Lovely pictures too. I don't buy many books, the library is free after all, but I am buying this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good lesson, well taught
It has received some very mixed reviews but in my opinion, this is actually well written book. I was so ready not to like it on account of it's author being a pop-star (I'm such a... Read more
Published on 26 April 2012 by Vintage Folly
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and very re-readable
I have no idea why pepole are low-rating this. It's a great story that teaches a very valuable lesson. The illustration is very warm and fits the story very well. Read more
Published on 11 Dec 2008 by Daddy-O
1.0 out of 5 stars Shame I can't give it any less.
I can just imagine the discussion at the publishers.
"What the Children of the world need, is some loose moralled, bandwagon jumping, hypocritical celebrity without a mind of... Read more
Published on 23 July 2007 by anonymous
4.0 out of 5 stars Mr Peabody's Apples by Madonna
I have to say the fact that Madonna's name is on this book is off putting (not being a fan of hers) however, the book is wonderfully illustrated and the moral of the story is... Read more
Published on 31 May 2007 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars hate to say it but only got published because it's Madonna
This book would have been laughed out of every publishing house in the world had it been written by you or I. Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2007 by old moan
2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't cut the mustard
This book is beautiful. The paper is high quality, the colours outstanding, the print classy. the illustrations a lovely mix of cartoon/photograpgh style. Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2007 by young man
2.0 out of 5 stars An improvement from English Roses
The second book in a series of 5. Based on the teachings of the Kabballah. I'm not sure which age group this is for, as it's a bit too short for an older child and I'm not sure a... Read more
Published on 14 July 2004 by Nicky
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