Sylvester and the Magic Pebble Author:William Steig Sylvester is a donkey who loves collecting unusual pebbles. One day he finds a most amazing red pebble -- one that, when he holds it in his hoof, has the ability to grant his every wish. Holding the magical pebble, Sylvester hurries home, eager to share his prize with his mother and father. However, as he nears his house, he encounters a hungry ... more »lion. Terrified beyond all reason, Sylvester wishes he could turn into a rock -- and he does. Unfortunately, now that he's a rock, Sylvester is unable to pick up or hold the magic pebble, so he is unable to wish himself back into his regular donkey self. As his parents fret over his mysterious disappearance, Sylvester is left to wonder if he'll ever be his old self again.
Illustrated with colorful pen-and-ink drawings. Winner of the 1970 Caldecott Medal.« less
This book received the Caldecott Medal for art work. A delightful story about a donkey who finds a magic red pebble, and then turns into a rock! His parents miss him terribly. Selected as one of the 100 Best Books of the Century by the National Education Association.