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Sylvester and the Magic Pebble - William Steig

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: William Steig / Edition: New edition / Paperback / 32 Pages / Book is published 2005-11-07 by Simon & Schuster Children's

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      02.07.2010 13:07
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      A beautiful story, always makes us take stock of how much we already have.

      Ages 2 -8

      Another brilliant children's book that funny enough was once banned as well. This book won the Caldecott Medal and has been highly acclaimed.
      It is a truly magical story, but because of the use of pigs to portray police, was once banned in the USA. Of course being banned only makes a book more interesting :)

      Sylvestor and the Magic pebble was first published in 1969. It tells about a young donkey whose hobby is rock collecting. One day he finds a magic pebble, and makes a most unfortunate wish. The story takes a very sad turn here which may trouble a few children. Sylvestor, in a moment of fear, wished to be a rock himself, but as a rock he can not pick up the magic pebble and wish himself back. He spends a very sad year alone as a rock, while his parents are just a sad missing their only child. But at last through a nice twist of fate, Sylvestor is changed back into a donkey and reunited with his parents. His wise father locks the pebble away, in case it should be needed some day. For now they have eachother, and what more could they want then to be together as a family.

      My opinion: Another book I loved as a child, I remember choosing this at the library over and over again. I still enjoy reading it, and I think it has a lovely message about the importance of family and being happy with what you have.

      The children's opinion: My youngest enjoys the noisy parts of the story, but I think most of it is too old for him. The five year old loves it, and has for the last year, although was a bit upset the first time we read it, feeling sorry for the donkey. I ended up having to promise him it had a nice ending to finish it. now that he knows how it will end, he can enjoy it much more.

      We often talk about what we would wish for too, although the first time we read this, he said he would wish for a rock!

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