Saturday, February 7, 2015

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

Written by: William Steig

First line: Sylvester Duncan lived with his mother and father at Acorn Road in Oatsdale.

Why you should read this book: Like many of Steig's stories, there is something remarkably enduring about this tale of a little donkey who makes a bad decision in a moment of utter terror, and it is just as accessible to little kids as it was when it was first published in 1969. Young readers shudder along with Sylvester when he encounters a lion, mourn with him when he finds himself transformed into a mute boulder, and rejoice when his parents' love restores him to his rightful form. A terrific tale for families, and a great read-aloud bedtime story.

Why you shouldn't read this book: Trigger warning for missing children.

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