What’s your first wish on the magic pebble?

January 7, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig; published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; New York; 1969.

Believe it or not, as many times as I’ve used Steig’s books in read-alouds (especially Pete’s a Pizza) I have never read this book.  I’m so glad I read this cautionary tale (be careful what you wish for!) and even happier that I got toexperience Steig’s watercolor images.  Although they appear simple, the expressions on the animal’s faces tell the story without needing the text.

I would use this book in read alouds and ask the children questions, such as “What would you wish for to avoid the lion?” or “If you found a magic pebble, what’s the first wish you’d make?”

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