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Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (1969)

by William Steig

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In a moment of fright, Sylvester the donkey asks his magic pebble to turn him into a rock but then can not hold the pebble to wish himself back to normal again.

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**Found in the 20th Century Children's Book Treasury**

This is so heartbreaking and heartwarming and lovely. ( )
  mrsandersonreads23 | Apr 14, 2024 |
A classic story of gratitude.
  sloth852 | Jan 12, 2024 |
1970 Caldecott Medal winner; lovely art and great story ( )
  melodyreads | Jan 11, 2024 |
On a 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 true self makes a story that is beautifully tender and filled with magic.
  PlumfieldCH | Nov 28, 2023 |
Sylvester finds himself a magic pebble, imagine the excitement. It quickly lands him in trouble, and it takes the love of his family to get him out of it. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble is a Caldecott Award winner. The pictures and story are simple but sweet. They teach us to be content with what we have. That is what Sylvester, and his parents learn. It is a bit of a cautionary tale to be careful what you wish for. The book won not only the Caldecott Medal in 1970 but also was a finalist for the National Book Award and received a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. It was made into an animated movie in 1993. ( )
  JennyCurtner | Jul 2, 2023 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Steig, Williamprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adlerberth, RolandTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jones, James EarlNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lithgow, JohnNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Sylvester Duncan lived with his mother and father at Acorn Road in Oatsdale.
How he wanted to shout, "Mother! Father! It's me, Sylvester, I'm right here!" But he couldn't talk. He had no voice. He was stone-dumb.
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In a moment of fright, Sylvester the donkey asks his magic pebble to turn him into a rock but then can not hold the pebble to wish himself back to normal again.

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