Sylvester and the Magic Pebble: William Steig

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

Author/Illustrator: William Steig
Publisher: Little Simon
Publication Year: 1969
Brief Summary: When Sylvester finds a magic pebble, he uses it to escape a lion, only to be turned into a rock, with no foreseeable way of returning to his original form.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Emphasis on Reading: A Children”s Choice Book Award Program, 1982-1983′ ‘ Winner’ ‘ Grades K-1’ ‘ Alabama’ ‘
Randolph Caldecott Medal, 1970′ ‘ Winner’ ” ‘ United States’

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Would you like a magic pebble like Sylvester?  If you were to encounter a lion, how would you get out of the situation?
  • Is there a moral to this story?  What lesson did Sylvester learn through his adventure?

Accessed at: Personal Library


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