- Written by: William Steig
- Illustrated by: William Steig
- Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
- Suggested grade level: 2nd – 3rd
When Sylvester finds a beautiful red pebble one day, the rock-collecting donkey is delighted. When that pebble turns out to be a magical stone that grants wishes, he is even more overjoyed, and rushes home to share the largess with his loving parents.
Unfortunately, a chance encounter with a lion on his way, and a hastily made wish, see him transformed into an inanimate stone, with little prospect of ever being released from his self-inflicted enchantment.
As Sylvester’s parents begin their long search for him, he sits quietly in the meadow, unable to move. Will he ever become a donkey again, or be reunited with his parents…?