Scholastic Video Collection: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble



Stories of magic based on popular kids' books.
  • Review Date: March 21, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 53 minutes

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that these charming animated stories of magic are based on popular children's books. These are lovely stories that parents and children can enjoy together.

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What's the story?

SCHOLASTIC VIDEO COLLECTION: SYLVESTER AND THE MAGIC PEBBLE features four stories about magic, from the famous magic pebble found by Sylvester the donkey in William Steig's tale, to Princess Furball and her escape from marriage to an ogre. One story involves many delicious and mysterious (to us) foods from Australia, and there's a helpful and mouth-watering glossary at the end. If you don't know what a Lamington is, you'll want one when you're done! There is a Spanish language version of "Sylvester" for little bi-linguists, and a Read Along function that uses subtitles along with the narration.

Is it any good?


This is another excellent offering from Scholastic, with charming stories beautifully presented. The animation is based on the stories' original illustrations, and is gentle and lovely to watch. The narrators are clever and fun to listen to, and the whole experience of the stories is very high quality.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the differences between reading and watching a film, and might also talk about how magic is used in these tales and how they might be resolved in a more realistic fashion.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 22, 2005
DVD release date:February 22, 2005
Cast:John Lithgow, Lynn Whitfield
Director:Syd Hoff
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Book characters
Run time:53 minutes
MPAA rating:G
MPAA explanation:all audiences

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Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008

it is a disgraceful book!

i hate it! i want to tear it apart!


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