Madonna personally chose the artists to illustrate her series of five children’s books. Loren’s painting style perfectly fits the mood of Madonna’s story, set in 1949.
Mr. Peabody’s Apples takes place in 1949 in Happville, USA. One Saturday, Mr. Peabody, the beloved elementary school teacher and baseball coach, finds himself all alone on the baseball field. He wonders where everybody is until he sees the bat boy, Billy Little, walking toward him with a sad look on his face. Billy tells him that another student, Tommy Tittlebottom, spread a rumor that Mr. Peabody was a thief after Tommy saw Mr. Peabody taking apples twice from the local market.
Mr. Peabody then shows Tommy that what matters is the truth — not how things appear — and teaches him an unforgettable lesson about how we must choose our words carefully to avoid causing harm to others.
Madonna dedicates Mr. Peabody's Apples to teachers everywhere.
This book has attracted a lot of media attention — an interview with Loren about the project can be read online: Cincinnati Enquirer 11-09-2003 >
Hardcover: 32 pages ;
Dimensions (in inches): 0.49 x 10.38 x 8.32
Published by Callaway Editions (November 10, 2003)
© 2003–2013 Loren Long. All rights reserved. Mr Peabody's Apples copyright © 2003 Madonna.