Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

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by William Steig, James Earl Jones
     
 

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A cherished classic is brought to life with the audio stylings of renowned actor James Earl Jones.

Sylvester can’t believe his luck when he finds a magic pebble that can make wishes come true. But when a lion jumps out at him on his way home, Sylvester is shocked into making a wish that has unexpected consequences. After overcoming a series of obstacles

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Overview

A cherished classic is brought to life with the audio stylings of renowned actor James Earl Jones.

Sylvester can’t believe his luck when he finds a magic pebble that can make wishes come true. But when a lion jumps out at him on his way home, Sylvester is shocked into making a wish that has unexpected consequences. After overcoming a series of obstacles, Sylvester is eventually reunited with his loving family. Illustrated with William Steig’s glowing pictures, this winner of the Caldecott Medal is beloved by children everywhere.

This package includes a paperback book along with a CD of this modern classic read by legendary actor James Earl Jones.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble Staff
While hurrying home to show his parents a wish-granting pebble, Sylvester the donkey is startled by a hungry lion emerging from the bushes. Flustered, Sylvester wishes he were a rock, and is immediately transformed. A year later, Sylvester's grieving parents go for a picnic and choose the rock that is Sylvester as their table. Sylvester's father happens to find the magic pebble and places it on the table, just as Sylvester wishes he were himself again. With great joy, the family is reunited.
Publishers Weekly
Thanks to the rediscovery of the original watercolor artwork, in preparation for an exhibit of William Steig's work (see Children's Bookshelf, Oct. 27), newly restored edition of Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, complete with Steig's acceptance speech for the Caldecott Medal, makes the book look better than ever. This tale of a donkey who wishes on a magic pebble has charmed a generation of readers and will no doubt go on to attract a new one. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Like many children, Sylvester has a collection of beautiful stones. One day he finds an especially extraordinary pebble and discovers it grants his every wish. He can stop the rain and turn a fierce lion passive. Conflict arises when, without forethought, Sylvester turns himself into a large stone. Without hands, he cannot hold the pebble and make a wish to return himself to normal. There seems no solution to the problem, so month after month he remains a stone. His parents bring resolution when, during an afternoon picnic, they find the pebble and place it on the rock. Sylvester transforms into a donkey and realizes that he has everything he has always wanted. It is so easy to identify with Sylvester. His childlike expression and his faith in the magical stone touch the believer in all of us. His wanting more out of life is a universal issue. The problem is surprising and seemingly insurmountable. Children will get great joy from exploring ways to help Sylvester. This book, originally released in 1969 has been re-issued with the bright, cheerful watercolor illustrations the author originally intended. Awarded the Caldecott Award Medal in 1970, the story will continue to delight a new generation of children. 2005 (orig. 1969), Simon and Schuster, Ages 4 to 8.
—Elizabeth Allen
Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
Originally published in 1971, this Caldecott winner is being reissued along with a puzzle to commemorate its 25th anniversary as a favorite of children everywhere. Sylvester is a donkey who loves to collect pebbles. When he finds a particular round, red pebble, strange things begin to happen. This lovely fable, which is about being careful what you wish for, will delight young readers with its whimsical animal drawings and its happy resolution. The 10-piece puzzle seems too simple for a child willing to listen to a 25-page book, but the story is charming.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442435605
Publisher:
Little Simon
Publication date:
03/06/2012
Edition description:
Book and CD
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
408,880
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 13.50(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

William Steig (1907–2003) received the Caldecott Medal for Sylvester and the Magic Pebble and received countless honors and awards for his children’s books, which are loved by readers young and old. Born in New York City, he spent much of his life in Massachusetts before his death in 2003.

James Earl Jones is a beloved and award-winning actor who has achieved success in television, film, and theater. From voicing Darth Vader to The Lion King’s Mufasa, his vocal talent is widely known and appreciated. Recipient of everything from Tonys and Emmys to the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, he most recently starred in the Broadway production of Driving Miss Daisy. He lives in Pawling, New York.

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