|Plot Summary of Sylvester and the Magic Pebble|
|"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.
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.
Laura Southcombe, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Sylvester and the Magic Pebble|
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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
Kind of alteration:
- Magically turned into another being
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Kid's book (ages 7-14)
- a kid
- natural phenomena
Takes place on Earth?
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death