Wonderful Book from the Past: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

William Steig’s Sylvester and the Magic Pebble is a wonderful book to share with children. It is great for a read-aloud or an independent read for children ages 4-8. In 1970, Steig received the Caldecott Award for his beautiful illustrations in this book. The illustrations are done using pen and paint, and Steig successfully brings human characteristics and emotions to the animals. His illustrations demonstrate a great mixture of bright solid colors and patterns with a childlike quality that children might relate to in their own work.

Additionally, this book was selectecd by the National Education Association as one of the 100 Best Books of the Century. The captivating story takes readers through Sylvester’s experience finding a magic pebble and turning into a rock. This is a great book to use to work with children on predictions and exploring different emotions. It holds a great message of the importance of family and that wishing for things won’t make one happy, but rather happiness lies among the people in your life.

William Stieg is a great author from the past that has published many award winning children’s books. Others include Doctor De Soto, The Amazing Bone, Abel’s Island and many more. Be sure to keep an eye out for his modern classics in the library and bookstore!
Happy Reading!!

Kath and Page

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