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SYLVESTER AND THE MAGIC PEBBLE

Author: William Steig

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster's Children's Books,

Material: hard cover

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.

If You Liked This Book, Try: WHAT A MOTHER WOULD DO   DON'T BE AFRAID LITTLE BEAR (SECRET SLIDING BOOKS)   THE RAINBOW FISH

Educational Themes: This is a classic be-careful-what-you-wish-for tale.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, picture book, adventure, fables and folklore, family

Date(s) Reviewed: February 2005

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