Sylvester and the Magic Pebble: 10/15/11
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig won the 1970 Caldecott Medal but I didn't read it until my son recommended it to me last year.
Sylvester, the young donkey protagonist, loves to collect pebbles. While out one day he finds a wish granting pebble. Before he can take it home a lion comes and tries to eat him. He ends up making a wish to save his life but at a great cost.
Most of the story though is about the aftermath of Sylvester's wish. He's stuck just up the hill from home but can't call for help. His parents think he's lost and go on with their lives morning the loss of their son. As a parent I was more distressed over the book than my son was.
Comment #1: Sunday, October, 16, 2011 at 16:10:27
This is one of my girls' favorites.
Comment #2: Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 21:09:01
My son likes it too.