Mr. Peabody’s Apples – A story about the damage than can be caused by spreading rumours

Thanks to my colleagues at school, I bring you this lovely story by no one else than…Madonna.

This is a touching story about an admired baseball couach, who is seen by one of his players taking an apple from a delimarket. The boy spreads the rumor that the teacher is a thief and soon enough, the whole town believes it.

Madonna was inspired by a Hassidic story about “Lashon HaRa”. The story is educating, interesting and there’s a lot of room for work on vocabulary and follow up writing assignments.

Resources:

The Narrated story on Youtube,  with the lovely pictures from the book (you can also turn on youtube “subtitles” in English).

Two versions of the Hassidic story:

“A Pillow Full of Feathers” by Shoshannah Brombacher, who have also painted the lovely painting below.

“Words as Feathers” by Rebbetzing Malkah.