Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
by William Steig
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble is about self-enhancement, a series of events, and imagination. The genre of the story is Drama, Cartoon/comic, and Mythology/folktale, the setting is Realistic.
Sylvester finds a magic pebble and accidentally wishes himself into a rock. After a fortunate series of events, Sylvester is transformed back into a donkey and is reunited with his family.
Moral reasoning in the story focuses on concern for relationships.
The theme of the story is Your family is more important than any material possessions.
There is stereotyped male sex role and stereotyped female sex role in the story.
- Altruism/Unselfish care for others
- Includes others
- Unreflective/Don't think of consequences of actions
The 4 Component Model
- Ethical Sensitivity - Evidence of concern for others and awareness of the consequences of one's actions.
- Ethical Judgment - Shows characters deliberating about ethical choices.
- Ethical Focus - Addresses the ethical demand in the situation, prioritizing moral goals and responsibilities over selfish interests.
- Ethical Action - Has a character who takes several steps to reach a moral goal and perseveres to complete the ethical action.