Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

by William Steig

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ISBN-13: 9780812401042
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/28/1987
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

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.

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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Sylvester and the Magic Pebble 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I rediscovered this story recently, after seeing it on "Reading Rainbow." As a kid, I was thrilled by the story of Sylvester, a donkey who finds a magic pebble and accidentally wishes that he were a rock. The story stuck with me all of these years, and I recently read it to my 4 year old daugther. I will admit, at first reading, she was upset by the story, since Sylvester's parents cannot find him for a long, long time and she just didn't understand why he wasn't turning back into a donkey. Upon the 2nd reading (and many more after that!) this part of the story became less important, and she now loves it. We love taking turns thinking of things we would wish for with a magic pebble, and we talk about how important each person of our family is; we are thrilled by Sylvester's reuniuon with his family. I love being able to pass down a favorite story from my childhood!
ReadAloudDenver on LibraryThing 23 hours ago
Sylvester finds a magic pebble that grants wishes but accidentally wishes himself into a rock when startled by a hungry lion. The book takes us on an emotional journey as the parents undergo feelings of sadness and despair. The book ends happily with Sylvester turning back into his donkey self and reuniting with his parents. This book uses an extensive vocabulary with words like ceased, gradually, disappear, relatives, relatives, bewildered, confused, perplexed, panicked, billion, possibilities, nook, gully, hopeless, stone-dumb and mysterious.
Johnika on LibraryThing 23 hours ago
Sylvester and The Magic Pebbles is a great tale of ¿Be Careful What You Wish For!!¿This is a story about Sylvester Duncan (a donkey) who collected unusual pebbles as a hobby. While out one day searching for more unique pebbles, he came across a beautiful red magical marbel. He discovered that while holding this marbel, any wish he made would come true. Well, while walking home, Sylvester came across a big mean looking lion. Terrified of what the lion might do to him, he wishes he could become a rock. Well, this one wish changed his life and his parent¿s life forever.Recommended for children aged 3 to 8Another book written in the same decade: Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel
cjfox73 on LibraryThing 23 hours ago
The moral is that Sylvester learns to be happy with what he has. Children will appreciate the simple message and the sweet illustrations.
abarajas09 on LibraryThing 1 days ago
Genre: FantasyReview: This is a good example of fantasy because the characters are given human like qualities, and also there are magic and wishes involved. Media: Pencil, Watercolor, Color pencil
weeksie50 on LibraryThing 1 days ago
Sylvester the donkey collects rocks, and when he finds a special one, he adds it to his collection. While holding it , he wishes for the rain to stop, and it does. Finding that the pebble is magic, Sylvester hurries on his way to tell his parents. However, on the way home, he is confronted by a lion hungry for donkey for lunch. Remembering the magic pebble, Sylvester wishes to be a rock. Bad decision! With no way of holding the rock, Sylvester cannot change himself back to a donkey after the threat is gone. Will he be a rock forever?This book keeps kids guessing. It always teaches the kids a simple lesson-becareful what you wish for.
LisaMcG on LibraryThing 1 days ago
4PThis book does not exhibit any principles of Radical Change. Although it's of very high quality, it follows the traditional style of story with illustrations reflecting plot, characters, and setting in an enjoyable but not radical way.
fatlamb on LibraryThing 1 days ago
Censorship because this book portrays pigs as police officers...it is a stretch for me but I can see why the noise behind the illustrations but the fact that police officers are portrayed as pigs does not play into the fact that I enjoyed this book. I enjoy when the characters of stories are animals, lets my imagination run a bit wild. The story has a theme of a donkey who enjoys collecting pebbles, finds a magical pebble that grants all his wishes. The young donkey Sylvester realizes he has everything he wants/needs (his family) after getting himself into a mess with his magical pebble for what he wishes for. The story is short but sends readers with emotion due to the ups and downs of this story. There is vocabulary that may have some children wondering. My favorite part of the book is when Sylvester can not believe his luck and makes the weather start and stop with rain. I do believe that most children will enjoy this story because of the illustrations, the characters being animals, and the feel good ending. Ages kindergarten and up.
msmalnick on LibraryThing 1 days ago
Need a good cry? Want to traumatize your little one? The story of Sylvester, who finds a magic pebble that grants wishes only to turn him to stone while his parents search frantically, is sweet and beautiful but sad. (Don't worry, the ending is happy, though somewhat realistic; use the pebble!)
rhenley06 on LibraryThing 1 days ago
This is a good example of fantasy because the main characters are a donkey family. Also, Sylvester finds a magic pebble that he can command to follow whatever he says. This turns out to be negative when he turns into a rock and his parents cannot find him for a very long time.
IEliasson on LibraryThing 1 days ago
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble is William Steig¿s poignant parable of the primacy of love and family. Steig¿s drawings compellingly emote Sylvester¿s curiosity about the magic pebble, his panic when seeing the lion, and his parents¿ frantic sorrow upon the disappearance of their son. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble is a captivating fantasy exploiting the time honored motif of wishes granted that go wrong, with the uplifting moral and conclusion that the love and companionship of your family is worth more than anything that can be wished for.
JenLG More than 1 year ago
In this magical story, Sylvester Duncan finds an "extraordinary" pebble that turns out to be a magic pebble. If only such a pebble existed, I'm sure we all would have what we wanted, and that is exactly what Sylvester intends to do. Before Sylvester is able to make it home, he is confronted by a hungry lion and in a sudden moment of fear for his life, he wishes himself into a rock. Consequently, Sylvester's parents are unable to find their son anywhere, which leads to a fruitless search and several seasons of life without Sylvester. The cartoon illustrations depicting the backgrounds easily "convey his terrible state of loneliness and isolation." It isn't until one day that his parents happen to set up a picnic on this rock and find the magic pebble that Sylvester uses to finally change back into himself and reunite with his parents. The elements of talking animals, magical pebbles, and a happy ending make this a wonderful selection for any child.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book to my grandson's second grade class and they were all intrigued by it. It was definitely a big hit for a group of eight year olds.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is a bit longer than some picture books, but our children love this book and now our grandchildren ask to have it read to them again and again. It opens up some interesting discussions about wishes with even very young children.
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VancUSA More than 1 year ago
A great book! My son loved it when he was little, but I sold it in a garage sale last year. He wanted it for his son, so I was able to find it in the store. Truly a timeless story.
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Stephen-BachEnthusiast More than 1 year ago
"Sylvester and the Magic Pebble" is lovely, moving, though-provoking story. Steig's story and pictures are delightful. Highly recommended.
Tarzanman More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent story to read and share with my three and a half year old grandson.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book certainly teaches kids to watch out for what you wish for because you just might get it, but not in the way you wanted. This is a very well written and enjoyable book with a moral, such as you might find in a fable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a young donkey who finds a magic pebble that rants wises. On his way home to show his parents his magic pebble, Sylvester I s startled by a hungry lion he automatically wishes he was a rock. However, there is a twist to the story Sylvester and his parents are united again. Finish reading the book and find out how they are untied. Steig, William. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1997.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.