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Mr Peabody's Apples Hardcover – 10 Nov 2003
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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.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is a very subtle book and written with tons of wisdom and sensibility. A good choice for a present.Published on 18 Feb. 2014 by mauro
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. Read morePublished on 4 Jan. 2014 by elliemac
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... Read morePublished on 6 April 2013 by Larchwood
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 morePublished on 11 Dec. 2008 by Daddy-O
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
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 morePublished on 31 May 2007 by Amazon Customer