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    y vester

    and the

    Mugic

    Pebble

    by WILLIAM

    STEIG

    MOORESTOVJN

    LIBRARY

    MioRESiowr.J.

    N.J.

    08057-2490

    \\-inchnill Books

    Simon and Schuster

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    Sylvester

    Duncan lived rvith his mother

    and

    Acorn Road in Oatsdale. One

    of

    his hobbies

    was

    pebbles

    of unusual

    shape

    and

    color.

    father

    at

    collecting

    ?ri?

    44

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    In

    all

    his

    young

    life

    Sylvester

    had

    never

    had

    a

    wish

    gratiffed

    so

    quickly.

    It

    struck

    him

    that

    magic

    must

    be

    at

    work,

    and

    he

    guessed

    that

    the

    magic

    must

    be

    in

    the

    remarkableJook_

    ing

    red

    pebble.

    (Where

    indeed

    it

    was.)

    To

    make

    a

    test,

    he

    put

    the

    pebble

    on

    the

    ground

    and

    said,

    "I

    wish

    it

    would

    rain

    again."

    Nothing

    hap_

    pened.

    But

    when

    he

    said

    the

    same

    thing

    holding

    the

    pebble

    in

    his

    hoof,

    the

    sky

    tumed

    black,

    there

    was

    light_

    ning

    and

    a

    clap

    of

    thun_

    der,

    and

    the

    rain

    came

    shooting

    down.

    i

    \n't

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    "What

    a lucky

    day

    this is "

    thought Sylves-

    ter.

    "From

    now

    on

    I

    can

    have anything

    I

    want.

    My father

    and mother

    can have anything they

    want. My relatives, my

    friends,

    and

    anybody at

    all

    can

    have

    everything

    anybody wants "

    He

    wished the sun-

    shine

    back in the sky,

    and

    he

    wished

    a

    wart

    on

    his

    left

    hind

    fetlock

    would

    disappear,

    and

    it

    did,

    and

    he

    started

    home,

    eager

    to

    amaze

    his father and mother

    with his

    magic

    pebble.

    He

    could

    hardly wait

    to

    see their

    faces.

    Maybe

    they wouldn't even be-

    lieve

    him at

    ffrst-

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    was

    crossing

    Strarvbcrry

    llill,

    thinking

    o{ some

    o{

    the many,

    many

    thilgs hc

    could

    rvish for,

    he was

    startled to

    see

    a

    mcan,

    hungry

    lion

    looking

    right

    at

    hirn from

    behind

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    FIe

    could have

    wished

    the lion ivould

    tum into

    a butter-

    fly

    or

    a daisy

    or a

    gnat.

    He

    could have wished

    n.rany

    things,

    but he panicked

    and

    couldn't

    think

    carcfully.

    "I

    wish

    I

    were

    a rock,"

    he said.

    and he became

    a rock.

    The

    lion

    came

    bounding

    over,

    snified

    the rock

    a

    hun-

    dred times,

    walked

    around

    and

    around

    it,

    and went

    away

    confused, perplexed,

    puzzled,

    and

    bovildered.

    "I

    saw

    that

    little

    donkey

    as clear

    as day.

    Ivlaybe

    Iin

    going

    crazy,"

    hc

    muttered-

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    trIeanl'hilc.

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    lulnc.

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    thc floor, {rarrlic

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    darvn,

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    about

    inquiring

    of

    all the neighbors.

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    talked

    to all

    the children

    -

    the

    puppies,

    the kit-

    tens, the

    colts,

    the

    piglets.

    No

    one had

    seen

    Sylvester

    since

    the day before

    yesterday.

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