Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 32 Pages, 8.27 × 10.63 × 0 in
Published: June 15, 1999
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0671662694
ISBN - 13: 9780671662691
From the Publisher
On a 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 true self makes a story that is beautifully tender
and filled with magic. Illustrated with William Steig''s glowing
pictures, this is a modern classic beloved by children everywhere.
Selected as one of the 100 Best Books of the Century by the
National Education Association.
About the Author
William Steig was born in Brooklyn, New York, on November 14, 1907, and spent his childhood in the Bronx. Steig found an outlet for his talent by creating cartoons for the high school newspaper. After high school graduation, Steig spent two years at City College, three years at the National Academy, and five days at the Yale School of Fine Arts before dropping out. During his early days as a free-lance artist, he supplemented his income with work in advertising, although he intensely disliked it. He illustrated for the The New Yorker, beginning in 1930. During the 1940s, Steig's creativity found a more agreeable outlet when he began carving figurines in wood; his sculptures are on display as part of the collection in the historic home of Franklin D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park, New York, and in several museums in New England. In 1967, Bob Kraus, a fellow cartoonist at The New Yorker, was in the process of organizing Windmill Books, an imprint for Harper & Row. Kraus suggested that Steig try writing and illustrating a book for a young audience. The result was Steig's letter-puzzle book entitled C D B!, published in 1968. Roland the Minstrel Pig, was published the same year. With his very next title, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, he won the Caldecott Medal. The Amazing Bone was also a Caldecott Honor Book.In 1972, Steig published his first children's novel, Dominic, which won the Christopher Award. Abel's Island followed and was a Newberry Honor Book. William Steig died in October
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