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Book Title: Silvestre y la Piedrecita Magica = Sylvester and the Magic Pebble|
The author of the book: William Steig
ISBN 13: 9780962516276
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 914 KB
Edition: Lectorum Publications
Date of issue: March 1st 1996
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When I was five years old in 1974, I read a childrens book review and noticed a nice review for this book. I also liked the fact that there was a gold medallion on the top right corner, which signified that it was the Caldecott award winner for 1970. I didn't know exactly what that meant at the time, but I did know at that age that if you were awarded something gold that it meant it was really good.
I asked my parents if I could order it through my kindergarten class book club, but they declined at the time. Undaunted, I went to several neighbors in my apartment in Los Angeles and asked for spare change so I could order this book. After panhanding the third floor, I had enough money to order it. When it arrived I was really excited and read it everyday. Finally my dad noticed and found out what I did, but I didn't get in trouble. He just asked me not to ask for help from others, just to go to him and he would make a deal with me, such as mowing the lawn, waxing the cars, or other chores, to earn what I wanted, within reason.
Now to the book...I found the story very interesting in that among his initial wishes, among them was things for his parents, which I found very thoughtful. I also related to his panic when faced with something fearsome, and panicking into a rash decision at the time (to turn himself into a stone.) I was really depressed during the middle part of the book when Sylvester's parents were searching in vain for him, and the help his neighbors offered. I enjoyed seeing various animals portrayed in this book with beautiful illustrations by William Steig, who I later learned wrote "Shrek!"
I was somewhat disturbed to learn(as an adult) that the portrayal of the police as pigs caused to book to be banned in certain parts of the country. As a five year old I thought the pigs were helpful in their search for the missing Sylvester.
The illustration for the ending showed great joy of the family being reunited, and for some reason it always reminds me of my parents and myself. At that age, there is not enough life experiences to be able to compare anything else, so I was glad to find something that did.
To summarize, I enjoyed the story from beginning to end, as it was an emotional roller coaster for me at that age. Part of it had to do with my empathy with Sylvester,and because his parents reminded me of my mom and dad. It was also to first book that I bought by my own choice, and I'll always remember it fondly.
Read information about the authorWilliam Steig was born in New York City in 1907. In a family where every member was involved in the arts, it was not surprising that Steig became an artist.
He published his first children's book, Roland the Minstrel Pig, in 1968, embarking on a new and very different career.
Steig's books reflect his conviction that children want the security of a devoted family and friends. When Sylvester, Farmer Palmer, Abel, Pearl, Gorky, Solomon, and Irene eventually get home, their families are all waiting, and beginning with Amos and Boris, friendship is celebrated in story after story.
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