The illustrations look timeless, and have helped this book become a classic. The clean black lines make the vivid colors pop as Steig shows the change of seasons. Instead of the more traditional layout of pictures on the top part of the page and text at the bottom, Steig puts smaller pictures around the text on several pages. This helps the story flow through the illustrations, because they are not separate from the text and inspire the reader’s eyes to explore the page.
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After reading the book, start a discussion about various aspects of the story. For example:
- Sylvester likes to collect colored pebbles - what do you like to collect?
- If you had a magic pebble, what would you wish for?