Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

Book - 2005 | Deluxe ed.
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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.
Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2005], c1969.
Edition: Deluxe ed.
ISBN: 9781416902065
Branch Call Number: E STEIG
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm.

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Extend the story with a bit of pretend play! Take a stone (or something stone-ish if one isn't readily available), and tell your child that you are going to make a wish. Make it a BIG one! Then, think of ways that your wish may go awry, like Sylvester's did. For example, "I wish that I would... Read More »

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Jun 04, 2015

mrhuff thinks this title is suitable for 5 years and under

Dec 29, 2013

jbaker47 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 3 and 10

Feb 10, 2013

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Jul 09, 2018

Pretty good book. I remembered it from my childhood and thought we should revisit it with my kiddos.

PROS: vocabulary is robust and context for those words is good
the discussion afterward about what they would wish for is entertaining
moral is to be content with what you already have and valuing your family as most important

CONS: The long explanation of the sadness of parents losing a child (I suppose it might help kids understand how sad their parents might be and how they need to move on afterward, but seems mature content given the target child age range).

Feb 10, 2013

This book was very interesting. You worried for the character and attempted to think of ways in which he could be saved, while reading the book. Parents and children would enjoy this book and it could also teach children to watch what they wish for, as well as to stop and think when it comes to making very important decisions in serious or dangerous situations. I recommend this book just for an entertaining purpose, and/or to teach children the importance of thinking and choosing wisely despite your feelings at that very moment. Reading this book to or with your children would present the opportunity to teach them a certain lesson regarding the importance of thinking; it would help get the point across.


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PimaLib_BeccaB May 07, 2015

'I wish I were a rock,' he said, and he became a rock.

Feb 10, 2013

"But when a lion frightens him on his way home, Sylvester makes a wish that brings unexpected results."


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Feb 10, 2013

This is the story of a donkey who collected unusual pebbles and one day he stumbled upon a red, shiny pebble that made any wish come true. When Sylvester was approached by a hungry, mean lion, he panicked and wished to become a rock. He suffered for a month until his parents had a picnic and stumbled upon the rock and the unusual pebble.


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