Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (Hardcover)

Author: Steig, William

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Sylvester the donkey finds a magic pebble and unthinkingly wishes himself a rock when frightened by a lion. Although safe from the lion, Sylvester cannot hold the pebble to wish himself into a donkey again. Caldecott Medal winner. Full-color illustrations.


Publisher Turtleback Books
Mfg Part# 9780808523826
SKU 30938630
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0808523821
Release Date 4/10/2007
Author Info
William Steig
William Steig has had two distinct but related careers--first as a cartoonist and second as an author and illustrator of books for children. His career as a cartoonist began at age 17 during the Depression, when he sold cartoons to "The New Yorker" as a means of supporting his family. During this time, he created and sold several woodcarvings, some of which can be found in the historic home of Franklin D. Roosevelt. His career as an illustrator began in 1947, when fellow "New Yorker" cartoonist Bob Kraus created the Windmill Books imprint for Harper & Row. In 1970, Steig's book SYLVESTER AND THE MAGIC PEBBLE won the Caldecott Medal. In 1977 his book THE AMAZING BONE was named as a Caldecott Honor Book. Two of his works have also received Newbery Honors--ABEL'S ISLAND and DOCTOR DE SOTO.
William Steig had two distinct but related careers--the first as a cartoonist and the second as an author and illustrator of children's books. His career as a cartoonist began during the Great Depression when, at the age of 17, he began selling cartoons to "The New Yorker" as a means of supporting his family. His relationship with that magazine, during which they published 1,600 of his drawings and 117 of his cover illustrations, lasted over 70 years. His career in children's books began at age 60. His third offering, SYLVESTER AND THE MAGIC PEBBLE, won the Caldecott Medal while his 1977 book, THE AMAZING BONE, was named a Caldecott Honor Book. Two of his longer works, ABEL'S ISLAND and DOCTOR DE SOTO, were named Newbery Honor Books. In 2002 his picture book SHREK! was expanded and made into a full-length animated film which became the first to win the Academy Award in the category of Best Animated Feature. William Steig died of natural causes as the age of 95.
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Annotation Sylvester is a donkey who loves collecting unusual pebbles. One day he finds a most amazing red pebble--one that, when he holds it in his hoof, has the ability to grant his every wish. Holding the magical pebble, Sylvester hurries home, eager to share his prize with his mother and father. However, as he nears his house, he encounters a hungry lion. Terrified beyond all reason, Sylvester wishes he could turn into a rock--and he does. Unfortunately, now that he's a rock, Sylvester is unable to pick up or hold the magic pebble, so he is unable to wish himself back into his regular donkey self. As his parents fret over his mysterious disappearance, Sylvester is left to wonder if he'll ever be his old self again. Illustrated with colorful pen-and-ink drawings. Winner of the 1970 Caldecott Medal.
First Line Sylvester Duncan lived with his mother and father at Acorn Road in Oatsdale. One of his hobbies was collecting pebbles of unusual shape and color.
Editors Note In a moment of fright, Sylvester the donkey asks his magic pebble to turn him into a rock but then cannot hold the pebble to wish himself back to normal again.
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Book Format Hardcover
Minimum Age 05
Number of Pages 0032
Publisher Turtleback Books
$18.46 + $2.98 shipping
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