Sylvester and the Magic Pebble


Author: William Steig


Illustrator: William Steig

STEIG, William. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. NY: Windmill Books/Simon & Schuster [1969]. 4to, [32]pp. Green cloth with spine stamped in black. Blue endpapers; color illustrations on every page. Spine ends a bit rubbed and sunned, upper and lower edges a tad so, previous owner’s bookplate affixed to blank front free endpaper, else a clean, bright copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (a few chips and closed tears around edges – the largest measuring one-inch in length, some slight soiling, price-clipped). No Caldecott Medal affixed. With a bookplate signed by the author/artist, William Steig, laid in.

First edition 1970 Caldecott Medal Winner! 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.