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Posted April 30, 2007
William Steig was born in New York City into a family of artists. He is a widely acclaimed cartoonist, and author-illustrator of books. In 1970, he won the Caldecott Medal for his book Sylvester And The Magic Pebble. He now lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Sylvester is a donkey who lived with his parents, and enjoyed collecting pebbles. One day while on vacation, he found a shinny red pebble. It was raining, and while Sylvester was holding the red pebble he whished that it would stop raining. All of the sudden, the rain stopped. He laid that pebble on the ground, and made another wish. Only this time, the wish did not happen. Realizing that he had a magic pebble, he headed home. On the way there, he saw a hungry lion. Not knowing what to do, he wished he was a rock. Instantly, he turned into a rock. Since he was not holding the pebble, he could not wish himself back into a donkey. His parents were worried when he did not come home. The seasons changed from summer to fall, from fall to winter, and from winter to spring, and the whole time Sylvester remained a rock. One day his parents decided to go on a picnic, and they decided to have lunch in the very spot the Sylvester had been laying.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 22, 2007
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
William Steig began his career at the age of sixty-one. When others his age were planning retirement, Steig was planning to write. Sylvester and The Magic Pebble was his third book. He was later given the title ¿King of Cartoons¿ by Newsweek magazine. William Steig will be celebrating his 100th birthday this year on November 14th. This book is a delightful story about a donkey named Sylvester who finds a magic pebble. He accidentally turns himself into a rock. He wished to be turned back to a donkey, but it did not work because he had to touching the pebble for its magic to work. His parents became very worried about him. As the seasons passed they decided that they had to go on with their lives. One sunny day they went for a walk and had a picnic right on poor Sylvester¿s back. This book defiantly deserved to win the Caldecott honor. The pictures are very colorful and detailed. The animals are shown in different poses such as walking on two feet and on all fours. The pictures could almost tell the story by themselves. They are very artistic and well drawn out. Steig, William. Sylvester and The Magic Pebble. N.Y., New York. Aladdin Paperbacks Children¿s Publishing Division 1969. Reading Level 4.0Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 8, 2006
A fascinating story!!
Ever heard the phrase, ¿Be careful what you wish for,¿ Sylvester learns the true impact of these words in this book. This fantasy children¿s book can be enjoyed by all ages. In this book it begins with a curious young donkey searching for pebbles to go in his pebble collection. On this trip he happens upon a pebble unlike any he has every found before that changes his life. Read this book to find out how it affected him. William Steig, the author of this wonderful book, is also well-known for his cartoons. He is able to display both of his amazing talents in this book with his cartoonist-like illustrations and wonderful story. This book is an excellent choice for any young reader.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 27, 2011
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