Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William SteigI remember reading this as a kid as I was reading this to my niece and nephew. I didn’t remember reading it by title alone, but when the donkey was turned into a stone, I remember that feeling of helplessness I felt and that this story would be terrible. I didn’t think there was a way out. I remember those old feelings the story made me feel. I think this was read to me. I love it when that happens. I hope it happens more and more as I get into the newer books or books of the 70s and 80s that would have been read to me. I also have a distinct memory of that red pebble sitting just a few inches from the rock. Memory can be so strange.
This is a great story. It’s a classic. It still connects to young readers on a deeper level. The kids were engrossed in this story. No one could figure out how the donkey would get back to being a donkey.
When the donkey was making a wish, the nephew and niece talked about what they would do instead of wishing to be a rock. The nephew, no surprise, said he would wish he was big Frankenstein and he would scare the lion away. The niece would have turned the lion into a unicorn and let her ride him back to town. They came up with other fun and interesting ideas before we went on with the story. neither of them could figure out how Sylvester would become himself again until they saw the sad parents going on a picnic and then they both knew what would happen.
Lovely artwork here, amazing story that really packs an emotional punch. The nephew gave this 5 stars and the niece gave this 4 stars.
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig (1969, Hardcover)
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Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date. For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now. - Summary In this Caldecott Award winning story, "Sylvester and the Magic Pebble", Sylvester the donkey, finds a red pebble and learns quickly that he gets whatever he wishes for while holding the pebble.
The lowest-priced item that has been used or worn previously. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully operational and functions as intended. This item may be a floor model or store return that has been used. See details for description of any imperfections. Well-known children's book, worthy of whatever awards it's been given. True family values and a non-preachy story of valuing what you have. Verified purchase: Yes Condition: Pre-owned.
This is a used book in excellent condition! No signs of wear, tight hard cover binding. Sylvester the donkey finds a magic pebble and unthinkingly wishes himself turned into a rock when he's frightened by a lion. How Sylvester is eventually reunited with his loving parents is a tender, magical tale of the transforming power of love. This Caldecott Medal-winning book is a modern classic beloved by children everywhere. Imagine all the happiness and wealth you could achieve if you found a magic pebble that granted your every wish!
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