Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
By: William Steig
Published by: Simon and Schuster Children’s
Received Caldecott Medal in 1970
Presentation by: Rebecca Miller
• The author uses a narrative view point when
telling this story.
• The illustrations help to further the plot of the
story and visualize what is happening.
• The author uses formal language and creates
many different emotions through his word
– He creates a sense of family and community.
turning back into
a donkey after
being turned into
a rock. The
author uses the
, kisses, loving
describe this part
of the story. All of
are easily seen
from this picture.
Style and Media
• The author uses cartoon art to illustrate his
– The characters are all anthropomorphic animals.
– There are elements of real life: the following
picture shows their home, set up like a typical
• The author uses painterly media through
bright water colors that portray the mood.
This is the first page of
the book. It helps the
reader visualize the
between Sylvester and
his parents. The
illustration style shows
many items seen in real
life: broom, table, fire
place. However, these
items are slightly
distorted and made to
look like a cartoon. The
colors are bright and
• The author uses line to create movement and
depth in his pictures.
• The reader’s eye is drawn to many different
parts of the picture before it is drawn to the
• There is a lot of detail given within the
pictures to organize the space.
This picture uses diagonal lines to create
the movement of rain. You can see the
ducks in the background creating the
illusion of moving from left to right.
This picture is a full two page spread that has
curvy lines creating depth. There is also
movement from the trees in the front of the
• The shapes used in this book are mostly curvy.
• The author only uses a few angular shapes
when depicting more serious situations.
This shapes in
this picture are
outside in the
“children” in this
picture are all
shapes to help
The desk is the
main shape and
• The author uses a variety of colors to
represent the various moods of the characters
as the face individual challenges through the
• At the end of the story the mood brightens
and so does the color.
There is a distinct
change as the book
Sylvester is “lost” as
a rock while his
searching for him.
As you can see in
this picture, there is
a definite change in
mood, as reflected
by the darkness
The color in this
picture is bright
is reunited with his
parents. The warm
happiness in the
picture. Also the
use of a white
up the picture.
• The use of texture can be seen throughout the
• The fur of the donkeys have a “fluffy” look to
You can see the
“fluffy” texture of
Sylvester’s fur in
this picture. This
using blending of
• The author balances his illustrations
throughout the book. Through various
methods of symmetry.
• There are also illustrations that show object
This picture shows symmetry with the group of
dogs in the front of the picture balanced by the
dogs and houses in the background. (The line was
added to show the balance)
There is an object
dominance in this
the division of
parents and the
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