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Mr Peabody's Apples Hardcover – 10 Nov 2003

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; First Edition edition (10 Nov. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141380489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141380483
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 1.1 x 26.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 589,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

'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

About the Author

Madonna lives in London/Los Angeles with her husband Guy Ritchie. They have two children, Lourdes and Rocco. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
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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A nice story and lovely illustrations - I use this in PSHE lessons with my Year 3 class. It's a good way to get children to consider the power of words. In the story a boy spreads a rumour about a previously liked and respected man, which turns out to be unfounded. When the boy asks the man how he can make amends, the man asks the boy to cut a feather pillow in half and scatter the feathers out into the wind. He then asks him to collect all the feathers; each feather respects a person in the town who now believes the unfounded rumour. The boy accepts the challenge. I was first recommended the story by a P4C and thinking skills trainer during a training session on my teacher training year. I really recommend it - don't be put off by the fact it's by Madonna. It's a simple story, well told, with gorgeous illustrations.
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By A Customer on 22 Feb. 2004
Format: Hardcover
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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By A Customer on 20 Nov. 2003
Format: Hardcover
THIS BOOK IS TO GOOD TO LET CHILDREN PLAY WITH. REALY NICE PICTURES & NICE WORDING. GREAT BOOK TO SIT CUDDLED UP IN CHAIR WITH YOUR LITTLE ONES. I WOULD SAY THE BOOK IS FOR 3YRS & ABOVE.
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By A Customer on 7 July 2004
Format: Hardcover
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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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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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 younger child would understand the message the book is trying to convey.
As with The English Roses, the illustrations eclipse the story. Beautifully illustrated and very different from The English Roses. And Madonna has stopped writing in that Schoolmistress' tone she had in the first book. Definetely an improvement. Lets hope the third book is even better.
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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 snob) but it is a really nice children's book with a powerful message for everyone, regardless of age.

The story of Mr Peabody speaks of the power of gossip, the danger of presumption and the impact of words upon other people; specifically, the fact that once something is said...it cannot be 'unsaid'. The illustrations are unusual, old fashioned and charming and the story is told in a way which is simple but does not patronise it's young audience.

I read this book with my daughter when she was 5 years old and it provoked some very interesting questions and discussions about responsibility and judgement. I would recommend this as a read to or read along book. Older children may find it a little bit too simplistic.
I loved it so much that I bought an extra copy for the children at my friend's Nursery.
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