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Sylvester and the Magic Pebble Paperback – March 6, 2012
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William Steig (1907–2003) was a cartoonist, illustrator, and author of award-winning books for children. Most notably Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, for which he received the Caldecott Medal; The Amazing Bone, a Caldecott Honor book; Amos & Boris, a National Book Award Finalist; and Abel’s Island and Doctor De Soto, both Newbery Honor books. Steig is also the creator of Shrek! which inspired the Dreamworks films. Steig also received the Christopher Award, the Irma Simonton Black Award, the William Allen White Children’s Book Award, the America Book Award, and Society of Illustrators Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also the US nominee for both of the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Awards as an illustrator in 1982, and then as an author in 1988. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Steig, and four children.
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As it turns out, the rock allows a wish, but Sylvester's fear wins out when he runs into a hungry lion, and he wishes he were a rock. He drops the stone, and begins the dreary life of a massive rock in a picnic area.
His parents are distraught. He aches for them, and they for him.
Will Sylvester again know the parental love only his mom and dad can offer after all he has done? Will his parents see again their joyful son?
The end is a happy one.
Every part of the book draws on fantasy, common childhood experiences, with excellent art and writing. William Steig earned his 1970 Caldecott Award on this one. He's also the author of the book, Shrek!, on which the famous movie series is loosely based upon.
I fully recommend "Sylvester and the Magic Pebble," by William Steig.