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A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead

A Sick Day for Amos McGee

by Philip C. Stead, Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)

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The theme is friendship and taking care of one another. ( )
  kesteves | Sep 28, 2015 |
I really enjoyed reading A Sick Day for Amos McGee. The plot was very fascinating, the illustrations enhanced the story, and the characters were adorable. The story was focused around a man named Amos McGee who worked at the zoo. Everyday he would do different things with each animal like race the turtle or play chess with the elephant. When Mr. McGee gets sick, the animals come to his home and do all the activities. The plot is repetitive since each activity is done multiple times, but it is very effective. It flowed very well and kept the reader interested and laughing. The illustrations by Erin E. Stead were very well-done and really added to the story. To see an image of the elephant sitting in Amos McGee's bed with him really made the reader picture the story and laugh. I loved the illustrations, they added to the plot and made it so much more interesting. My favorite part of the story was definitely the characters. Amos McGee was the main character and he was very well-developed. The reader grew to love Mr. McGee quickly through reading the story. The supporting characters were all of the zoo animals and while they weren't very well-developed characters but they definitely added to the story and really helped to build Amos McGee as a character. The big message sent in this story was definitely focused on friendship and caring; the main idea was that good friends who care about each other will go out of their way to care about their friends. Altogether this story was phenomenal and it definitely deserved a Caldecott award. ( )
1 vote CasieProdoehl | Sep 25, 2015 |
This book is my favorite children's book. This book involves kids' imagination and sends a message of treating others the way you want others to treat you. This fantasy picture book geared towards 3rd and 4th graders educates about the importance of caring for others. I love this book dearly because it uses an adorable plot to teach that lesson. The versatility in this book is astonishing and it can be used to teach more than one message or reading skill. ( )
  Gkaufm1 | Sep 21, 2015 |
Summary: Amos McGee does the same thing the same way everyday and he visits his favorite animals at the zoo everyday. One day he wakes up and he has a cold and doesn't go to visit his friends at the zoo. The animals start to worry about him so they go and see him at home.

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I think this is a great story for kids because it shows how friends care for each other.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
- The students can give examples of how to be kind to their friends
  Megan_Livsey | Sep 21, 2015 |
Amos McGee starts his morning routine exactly the same every day. He heads to work to go see his animal friends at the zoo. But one day he Amos gets sick and his animal friends are sad that he hasn't came to see them and they decide to catch the bus and go take care of him. In the end, all the things Amos did for his animal friends are switched with the animals performing a roll similar to what he does with them.
This was a very cute story because the animals were so sad that Amos didn't show up but they decided to return the favor to Amos and go see him instead.
To add to this story, the children could illustrate their own scenario of what animal friend they would go see and what they would do with them just like Amos does with his friends. The children could also come up with an alternate part to the story such as if instead of Amos getting sick, what would the animals do if he had to move away or what will happen when Amos retires. ( )
  Sayge | Sep 20, 2015 |
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LIB 428/Lawson desc - This is a heartfelt story that one can really fall in love with and has some lessons about friendship and loyalty that might be a great share for a classroom setting from that standpoint. This is about Amos McGee - a zookeeper who considers the animals his friends. He cares for them and spends time with them. When he doesn't show up to work one day due to being sick, the animals decide to pay him a visit. The tables turn, and the animals take care of Amos and spend time with him, in a story about giving and friendship.
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"Amos McGee, a friendly zookeeper, always made time to visit his good friends: the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the rhinoceros, and the owl. But one day--'Ah-choo!'--he woke with the sniffles and the sneezes. Though he didn't make it into the zoo that day, he did receive some unexpected guests."--Dust jacket.… (more)

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