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Sylvester and the Magic Pebble - William Steig, James Earl Jones

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble is written and illustrated by William Steig includes words that may be unfamiliar to young children. Sylvester Duncan is a young donkey that is always looking for unusual pebbles to add to his collection. Sylvester finds a marble one day. Little does he know, it has magic powers. Sylvester is generous by thinking of everyone else's needs and wants. He knows that the magic pebble can get him anything they want. Sylvester runs into a hungry lion, and wishes he was a rock. His family is so upset when they can't find Sylvester. He learns that all his family really wanted was Sylvester.

 

Use in the classroom: I would use this in my classroom to teach context clues. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble has many unfamiliar words that students may not know. They will need to use context clues to figure out what the words mean in order to know what is going on in the story.

 

Grade: 1st-5th