Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

"Sylvester and the Magic Pebble" by William Steig won the Caldecott Medal in 1970 which is the highest award for illustrations in children's picture books.

Sylvester is a donkey who liked to collect unusual pebbles. One day he found a magic pebble, and he began thinking about all of the things he could wish for himself, his parents, his friends and everyone. Unfortunately, one of the first things that happened after he found the magic pebble was an encounter with a lion. He was so afraid all he could think of was to say, "I wish I were a rock."

Well, not having thought it through, Sylvester became a rock, but then he was a rock lying next to his magic pebble. He could no longer hold the pebble or make any wishes. His parents began to wonder what happened to Sylvester and were very sad when he never returned. Seasons passed and one day, Sylvester's parents sat upon the rock, Sylvester the rock that is, and had a picnic lunch. Mr. Duncan, Sylvester's father found the pebble, and after he and Mrs. Duncan wished Sylvester was there and Sylvester wished he was a donkey again, he became his original donkey self! They stored the magic pebble away for another day because they had everything they wanted in the whole world... each other!