Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

by William Steig (Author) William Steig (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
One rainy day, Sylvester finds a magic pebble that can make wishes come true. But when a lion frightens him on his way home, Sylvester makes a wish that brings unexpected results.

How Sylvester is eventually reunited with his loving family and restored to his own donkey self makes a story that is beautifully tender and perfectly joyful.

Illustrated with William Steig's glowing pictures, this winner of the 1970 Caldecott Medal is a modern classic beloved by children everywhere. The New York Times Book Review wrote of Mr. Steig that everything he does is magic. 
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Publisher's 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 Publisher’s Weekly, LLC Used with permission.

William Steig
William Steig (1907-2003) was a cartoonist, illustrator and author of award-winning books for children, including Shrek!, on which the DreamWorks movies are based; the Caldecott Medal-winner Sylvester and the Magic Pebble; The Caldecott Honor book The Amazing Bone; and the Newbury Honor Books Abel's Island and Doctor De Soto. Stieg also published thirteen collections of drawings for adults, including The Lonely Ones, Male/Female, and Our Miserable Life.
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Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication date
November 20, 2005
BISAC categories
JUV007000 - Juvenile Fiction | Classics
JUV002090 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Farm Animals
JUV037000 - Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
Library of Congress categories
Missing children
Lost children
Caldecott Medal-1970
Wilson's Children, 10/01/10
Book Links, 09/01/07

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