Sylvester And The Magic Pebble

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.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

The story is fairly straight forward, with few "named" characters, making it simple for a toddler to follow the plot.

Content Awareness Factors:

None, really. Although we were asked the names of the various animal neighbors in Sylvester's town.


Little Kid 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.

Parent 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.

Type of Book:
The story has the feel of a classic fable.
Educational Themes:

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

Reading Level:
4.0
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Started reading with child nearly 3 years old.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. While it is quite popular in our house, because of the length of the narrative, you may want to test drive it.

Title Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
Author William Steig
Publisher Simon & Schuster © 1980
ISBN 067166154X
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.00
Genres Adventure, Family, Fables and Folklore
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