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Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
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Apr 16, 15

bookshelves: childrens-books
Read in October, 2011

1. Fantasy
2. Sylvester Duncan (who is an ordinary donkey) collects pebbles of unusual shapes and colors as a hobby. But when he happens upon a flaming red, shiny, and perfectly round pebble he realizes this is no ordinary pebble. Sylvester soon finds himself in a heap of trouble, will he ever see his mother and father again?
3. critique
a. This charming tale is full of adventure and suspense, any young child would be fascinated with this story of the prodigal son (being lost and then found).
b. This story is extremely appropriate for small children. It conveys very simple messages of hope, love, and loss.
c. From page 19, "They tried to be happy, to go about their usual ways. But their usual ways included Sylvester and they were always reminded of him."
4. Curriculum connection: I would use this story to demonstrate morals. The moral of this story is simple and obvious (and is even presented in the story itself -from the last page, "Some day they might want to use it, but really, for now, what more could they wish for? They all had all that they wanted."

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message 1: by Sue (new)

Sue Could be fun with a unit on rocks.

message 2: by Sue (new)

Sue I don't think I saw this on your reading log - would probably go with "other" in the picture book category.

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