Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig

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I enjoyed revisiting a classic, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig (published 1969). It was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1970. I remember enjoying this story when I was a child, so I was pleased that my son (age 4) also enjoyed it.

Sylvester is a donkey with a pebble collection. One day, he finds a magic pebble that allows him to be granted any wish he desires. This seems like a good thing until Sylvester ends up stuck as a rock for months!

Sylvester’s story is an amusing reminder to enjoy what we have and not wish away our lives. My son thought this was a very silly story, and he enjoyed returning to it to read of the passing seasons as Sylvester hopes to be freed from his accidental wish. Steig’s simple illustrations are still captivating after all these years.

Reviewed on March 31, 2012

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Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

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