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"In 9th century China, a little girl sends a small jade pebble to travel with her father along the Silk Road. The pebble passes from his hand all the way to the Republic of Venice, the end of the Silk Road, where a boy cherishes it and sees the value of this gift from a girl at the end of the road"--

Where do pebbles come from? How were they made? This book tells the story of a pebble, from its origins in a fiery volcano 480 million years ago to a busy, modern landscape.

Sylvester the donkey finds a magic pebble and unthinkingly wishes himself a rock when frightened by a lion. Although safe from the lion, Sylvester cannot hold the pebble to wish himself into a donkey again. Caldecott Medal winner. Full-color illustrations.

Two hungry travelers arrive at a village expecting to find a household that will share a bit of food, as had been the custom along their journey. To their surprise, villager after villager refuses to share. This cumulative retelling of an ancient legend shows that when each person makes a small contribution, the collective impact can be huge. Illustrations.

The Skipping Stone, written by Kelly Lenihan and beautifully illustrated by Oona Risling-Sholl