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Imagine all the happiness and wealth you could achieve if you found a magic pebble that granted your every wish! Sylvester Duncan, an unassuming donkey who collects pebbles "of unusual shape and color," experiences just such a lucky find. But before he can make all his wishes come true, the young donkey unexpectedly encounters a mean-looking lion. Startled, Sylvester wishes he were a rock, but in mineral form he can no longer hold the pebble, and thus cannot wish himself back to his equine trappings. His parents, thinking he has disappeared, are at first frantic, then miserable, and then plunge into donkey ennui. Meanwhile, Sylvester is gravely depressed, but tries to get used to being a rock.
In 1970, William Steig won the Caldecott Medal for Sylvester and the Magic Pebble--the first of his many Newbery and Caldecott honors. In this donkey's tale, Steig imbues his characteristically simple illustrations of animals sporting human garb with evocative, irresistible, and heartbreakingly vivid emotions. The text is straightforward and the dialogue remarkably touching. Children will feel deeply for Sylvester and his parents, all wishing for the impossible--that the family will one day be reunited. Sylvester's sweet story is one that endures, reminding us all that sometimes what we have is all we really need. (Ages 4 to 8) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
On a rainy day, Sylvester finds a magic pebble that can make wishes come true. But when a lion frightens him on his way home, Sylvester makes a wish that brings unexpected results. How Sylvester is eventually reunited with his loving family and restored to his true self makes a story that is beautifully tender and filled with true magic. Illustrated with William Steig's glowing pictures, this is a modern classic beloved by children everywhere. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble is a winner of the Caldecott Medal.END --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
This is my favorite book from when I was a child. I was so happy to be able to share it with my sister-in-law for my nephew. They had never heard of it.Published 19 days ago by me
No wonder this heart-warming book won the Caldecott award for quality in children's literature. The story is meaningful and the illustrations are colorful and charming. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Emily Wood
I read some negative reviews of this book, but I totally disagree. To me, this book is about someone who wishes for other things but finds out that many times, what you already... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bmtb
Be careful what you wish for! My 5yr old loved the story and it prompted good discussions about the emotions and actions of Sylvester and his parents.Published 3 months ago by Tamara
"He panicked," And that's why the magic pebble was rendered useless in precisely the moment its magic was needed.
Poor little, innocent one.... Read more
What a wonderful story.My 5 year old wanted to read this over and over again. :)Published 3 months ago by Kathylee Forrester