Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig

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dc.title Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
dc.creator Steig, William
dc.subject Donkeys-Fiction.; Magic-Fiction.; Missing Children-Fiction. LCSH
dc.description One rainy day, Sylvester finds a magic pebble that can make wishes come true. But when a lion frightens him on his way home, Sylvester makes a wish that brings unexpected results. How Sylvester is eventually reunited with his loving family and restored to his own donkey self makes a story that is beautifully tender and perfectly joyful.
dc.publisher Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
dc.contributor William Steig 2005-11-01 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Hardcover book; 42 pages; 8.2 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
dc.identifier ISBN: 978-1416902065 ISBN
dc.language en-US RFC4646
dc.relation Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig originally published by Little Simon, New York: 1969
dc.rights All rights reserved


Sylvester is a donkey who has a magic pebble that grants wishes. When a lion frightens Sylvester, the first thought that comes to mind is to become a rock and poof! Sylvester is a rock. The only problem is now he can’t hold the pebble to wish himself back to normal. His parents can’t find him and search all over town for him. This book was banned in Illinois in 1977 and challenged in other states for featuring pigs as the police officers (Reading Rainbow, 2014).

Reading Rainbow (2014, September 22). Featured banned children’s books for banned books week. Retrieved April 29, 2016 from