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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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This story is a loving relationship between a man and his "friends" (animals). Amos is a man that works at the zoo. He always gives all of the animals the attention that they need. One day Amos becomes sick to all of the animals hop on the bus and try to go visit him to try and make him feel better.
  Enessa | Dec 7, 2014 |
I really like this book because of how great of friends the other animals were to Amos. Amos is an elephant that falls ill one day, and gets visits from all of his animal friends. The illustrations are sweet and colorful. The writing is clear, and the plot is paced really well. The overall message is one of friendship, and the book really gets readers thinking about what it means to be a true friend. ( )
  tburfe1 | Dec 3, 2014 |
sometimes the author will uses only picture pages to move the story along. the animals are human like ( )
  pamelapaige | Oct 20, 2014 |
In my opinion, this book was very well written and was deserving of the Caldecott award. My favorite part of this story was the plot. I thought that all of the pieces of the story such as, what Amos did for the animals and why the animals helped him when he was sick, pull together to form a nice plot. The message that was sent through the story was very nice as well. the message of the story was when your friend is in need always be there for them. I think that this is a good message for children to follow because if they truly care for somebody they should be willing to help them in their time of need. When Amos was sick and needed a pick-me-up, his animal friends from the zoo wasted no time to go to his house and help him the way he does for them all the time. ( )
  cporte8 | Sep 23, 2014 |
I loved this book! I can definitely see why this book won a caldecott medal. I loved how the author described each animal that Amos helped at the zoo. I especially enjoyed the irony that the author portrayed when she explains that Amos reads a book to the owl that is afraid of the dark! My favorite aspect of this book is the plot. Amos works at the zoo and goes above and beyond to make sure each animal feels special. Then, the plot twists when Amos gets sick. All of the animals escape the zoo and take care of the man who always takes care of them! The overall message of this story is that friendship is the best medicine! This teaches children that when people take time to care about them, it is nice to return the favor! ( )
  eschoe1 | Sep 18, 2014 |
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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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