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"A smaller percentage of 17 year olds saw adults reading in their homes in 1999 than in 1984."
Summary: In an effort to save himself from a hungry lion, Sylvester makes a wish that turns him into a rock. He cannot return to his normal self without some assistance. Ultimately, his distraught parents discover the pebble and Sylvester makes just the right wish to return to his former, donkey self. The story has the feel of a classic fable.
Type of Reading: family reading, bedtime story, read aloud
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 9 and Up
Interest Level: 3 to 9
Reading Level: 4
Age of Child: Started reading with child nearly 3 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: The Sylvester book was a must-read in our house for several weeks. Even months later, we still are asked to pull it down periodically.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a story that will remind you of the fables you read as a kid. It's fairly wordy, but even our keep-busy reader sat still for the book almost all of the time.
Pros: The story is fairly straight forward, with few "named" characters, making it simple for a toddler to follow the plot.
Cons: None, really. Although we were asked the names of the various animal neighbors in Sylvester's town.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. While it is quite popular in our house, because of the length of the narrative, you may want to test drive it.