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 true magic. Illustrated with William Steig’s glowing pictures, this is a modern classic beloved by children everywhere. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble is a winner of the Caldecott Medal.
I loved this book growing up and still love it! It's so sad when Sylvester panics and turns himself into a rock when he sees a lion, and then he can't reach his magic pebble to turn himself back. When his parents go for a picnic and place the pebble on Sylvester the rock, he's able to turn back again and be with his family. I love the message at the end that they didn't need the rock to wish for anything else, because family is all they needed.
William Steig’s drawings appeared regularly in The New Yorker since 1930. He also wrote and illustrated books for children, most recently his memoir, When Everybody Wore a Hat. His other books include Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, winner of the Caldecott Medal; The Amazing Bone, a Caldecott Honor Book; and Abel’s Island and Doctor De Soto, both Newbery Honor Books; Doctor De Soto Goes to Africa; Pete’s A Pizza; and Zeke Pippin.
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