Thursday, January 14, 2010
The read-aloud this week is Sylvester and Magic Pebble by William Steig. We have been reading Aesop this year and the tale of Sylvester has the same feel. If it had a little moral, it would be something like this-
If you give a silly ass a wish, he is sure to make a silly one.
An Aesop fable would have ended right there with the donkey making a silly wish, but William Steig continues on to have the donkey's parents inadvertently correct the situation. The book ends happily with the parents and the little donkey snuggled together on their couch. At this point, the moral could be-
A loving family is a content family that has no need for wishes.