Sorry by Jean Van Leeuwen

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On a quiet New England farm two brothers live happily, sharing the chores between them. Then one dreary winter morning Obadiah complains to Ebenezer that there are lumps in the oatmeal. Splat! Ebenezer dumps the bowl of oatmeal on his brother's head. The two never speak again, nor do their children or grandchildren, but at last on a beautiful summer day two of their great-grandchildren meet face to face over the orchard wall. Just as the boys are about to argue over an apple, one of them says he's sorry! With this simple magic word the silly feud is finally over. This is a laugh-out-loud, endearing story, and the quirky illustrations, vibrantly rendered in watercolor, add an extra dimension of humor to a tale that teaches a valuable lesson.

About Jean Van Leeuwen

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Jean Van Leeuwen was born in 1937 and grew up in the town of Rutherford, New Jersey. After high school she attended Syracuse University, where she majored in journalism, thinking she would like to work on a magazine. Van leeuwen did work for a magazine briefly, then drifted into book publishing, where she found herself in the world of childrenżs books, as an editor. She decided to try her hand at writing children's books and so took a writing class.Eventually, her first book, Timothy's Flower, was published. Since then, Van Leeuwen has written more than forty books. In her spare time she teaches a Writers' Workshop for adults and visit schools to talk about books. She also volunteers in a first-grade classroom, where she helps children with their writing. Van Leeuwen has written books that have won a wide array of honors, including the William Allen White Award, the South Carolina Childrenżs Book Award, and the Booklist Editorsż Choices. Brad Sneed is the popular illustrator of many picture books for children, including "Deputy Harvey and the Ant Cow Caper", which received a starred review; "Grandpa's Song; I Heard Said the Bird; Thumbelina"; and "Aesop's Fables." He lives with his wife, Dena, and their daughter in Prairie Village, Kansas. You can visit him on the internet at
Published May 1, 2001 by Dial. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books.

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This comfortable routine continues until the day Obadiah mutters about "lumps" in Ebenezer's oatmeal, and Ebenezer dumps the breakfast on his sibling.

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