Sylvester and the Magic Pebble Book Summary and Study Guide

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Sylvester is a happy little donkey who loves his family and has a hobby of collecting unusual pebbles. One day, Sylvester finds a very beautiful, round red pebble. He picks it up and discovers that the pebble has magical powers: it can grant wishes.
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Sylvester heads home, eager to share his finding and thinking about how he would help others using the power of the pebble. On the way, he encounters a hungry lion. Sylvester gets very frightened and wish he was a rock, so that the lion couldn't harm him. The pebble makes that wish come true; the little donkey turns into a rock, and the lion leaves him alone. However, Sylvester finds himself trapped: he has dropped the pebble when he was transformed and, being unable to move, he cannot pick it up. And without touching the pebble he cannot wish himself back into a donkey.

Sylvester's parents grieve over his disappearance and search for him. He grieves as well, but there is nothing he can do to let them know what happened. A whole year passes. Then Sylvester's parents happen to come by the rock. They eat on it, as if on a table. Dad finds the red pebble and puts it on the rock. As soon as it touches him, Sylvester wishes to become a donkey again and reunites with his family.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   sensitive (sigh....) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Lifeform altered?    -   Yes Kind of alteration:    -   Magically turned into another being Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Kid's book (ages 7-14)

Main Character

Identity:    -   animal Age:    -   a kid


Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death

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