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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (16,736 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Steig Publisher: Weston Woods Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2015 ISBN: 9780545767873
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The Duncan family is beside itself when son Sylvester turns himself into a rock to escape the jaws of a hungry lion.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Sylvester’s sweet story is one that endures, reminding us all that sometimes what we have is all we really need.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronna | 2/12/2014

    " 1970 Caldecott Winner. When I first read this book I remember thinking that I will never collect pebbles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 2/8/2014

    " Alis rates 4 stars Eliza only 3. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucy | 1/28/2014

    " Pre-K, narrative skills, vocabulary, families. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela | 1/28/2014

    " Fables... a great way of scaring children into doing the right thing. Unless, of course, they are highly skeptical. The illustrations in this book make this one of my favorite kids' books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele Smart | 1/25/2014

    " One of the simplest and most beautiful books for children. A classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 1/1/2014

    " Sylvester and the Magic Pebble is a wonderful story that incorporates animal personification and magic with real emotions and family values. This book managed to reel me in as the reader and feel sympathy for Sylvester as a helpless rock and for his parents who thought that their child was lost forever. The illustrations are simplistic with little detail, but are colorful and really bring the words to life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 12/28/2013

    " When I was in library school (back in the Middle Ages) this book was controversial. Why? Because when Sylvester's parents go to the police to report him missing, the police are pigs. This is the danger of adults putting their interpretation on a sweet children's story. Maybe William Steig was making a political statement; I don't know.I don't care. I love the story...be careful what you wish for! Oh and I also don't care if Puff the Magic Dragon is about marijuana or not. I love Puff and I still get misty eyed when Jackie Paper grows up and doesn't return...as do most other parents. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 12/24/2013

    " Clever! The kids love this one and it makes for a good read-aloud. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittany | 12/3/2013

    " This book is good for children to experience a variety of emotions. Not all books have to have happy images and plots. However, it does have a happy ending! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennine | 12/3/2013

    " An excellent story of family love. It is amazing that one personified image could pull a book with such a nice message from the shelves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Selwa | 11/15/2013

    " Wow, this book was trippy. I dig it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 11/3/2013

    " Creative storyline that makes children think. Good for teaching story elements. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yasmeen Elayyan | 10/19/2013

    " Sylvester finds a magic pebble which turns his whole life around. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wakana | 8/7/2013

    " One of my son's most favorite books I think --- He kept asking me to read it again and again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 6/19/2013

    " Always a good message... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 6/4/2013

    " A classic. Themes of family, friendship, patience, and keeping hopeful through difficulty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Graham 47150 | 5/26/2013

    " This is another Steig classic. After the main character, Sylvester (a young donkey), finds a magic pebble, trouble ensues. In the end Sylvester realizes there is no place like home. Great story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanna | 5/18/2013

    " I have been fond of this book for years and years. Be careful what you wish for! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Hardesty | 3/13/2013

    " I liked this story as a kid. Though looking back, it is pretty strange. A donkey turning into a rock? Really? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Season Neal | 2/5/2013

    " A cute story about wishes and how they can change our lives. Sylvester learns quite the lesson after he discovers a magic pebble. A fun and creative story that will prove to be enjoyable to the little ones. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chandra | 11/24/2012

    " Love this book! It teaches our children that grand wishes seem good, but nothing is as precious as our love of family and togetherness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kecia | 9/11/2012

    " What would you do with a magic pebble? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chicklet | 8/24/2012

    " I read this around 1st grade, and owned my own copy. I thought Sylvester's wish to be careless and foolish even at that young age. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christa Wingen | 7/31/2012

    " I liked the vocabulary in this book. I could talkt to the students about what they may wish for if they had a magic rock, seasons Sylvester had seen and why Sylvester's parents had put the rock away. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alesha Harris | 7/21/2012

    " This is a great book to read that is a time flies text. In this book it shows magic by the use of pebble. Also, this book teaches a lesson about making wishes. Sylvester makes a wish and turns into something he would have not wanted to be for the rest of his life. "

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About the Author
Author William Steig

William Steig (1907–2003) published his first children’s book, Roland the Minstrel Pig, in 1968 and received the Caldecott Medal for Sylvester and the Magic Pebble in 1970. His works also include The Amazing Bone, a Caldecott Honor Book, as well as Abel’s Island and Doctor De Soto, both Newbery Honor Books. His book Shrek! was released by DreamWorks as a feature film and was immensely popular.