Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
A cherished classic is brought to life with the audio stylings of renowned actor James Earl Jones.
Sylvester can’t imagine his luck when he finds a magic pebble that can make wishes come true. But when a lion jumps out at him on his way home, Sylvester is shocked into making a wish that has unexpected consequences. After overcoming a series of obstacles, Sylvester is eventually reunited with his loving family. Illustrated with William Steig’s glowing pictures, this winner of the Caldecott Medal is beloved by children in all places.
This package includes a paperback book along side a CD of this modern classic read by legendary actor James Earl Jones.
Believe all the happiness and wealth you could achieve if you found a magic pebble that granted your every wish! Sylvester Duncan, an unassuming donkey who collects pebbles “of odd shape and color,” experiences just such a lucky find. But before he can make all his wishes come true, the young donkey hastily encounters a mean-looking lion. Startled, Sylvester wishes he were a rock, but in mineral form he can no longer hold the pebble, and thus cannot wish himself back to his equine trappings. His parents, thinking he has disappeared, are at first frantic, then miserable, and then plunge into donkey ennui. Meanwhile, Sylvester is gravely depressed, but tries to get used to being a rock.
In 1970, William Steig won the Caldecott Medal for Sylvester and the Magic Pebble–the first of his many Newbery and Caldecott honors. In this donkey’s tale, Steig imbues his characteristically simple illustrations of animals sporting human garb with evocative, irresistible, and heartbreakingly vivid emotions. The text is straightforward and the dialogue remarkably touching. Children will feel deeply for Sylvester and his parents, all wishing for the unattainable–that the family will someday be reunited. Sylvester’s sweet story is one that endures, reminding us all that once in a while what we have is all we in point of fact need. (Ages 4 to 8)
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