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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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Awards: Caldecott Medal
Illustrations: wood-block printing
Age Group: 4-7
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  a.coote | Jun 5, 2015 |
A Sick Day for Amos McGee tells the story of man named Amos who spent his days in the zoo playing games with the animals. When Amos gets sick one day the animals miss Amos in his absence and show that Amos is very important to the animals day. The animals repay Amos for his friendship by showing up at his home and giving him company during his time of sickness. This story is great for lessons on friendship and what it is to be a friend to someone who treats you well. ( )
  Kristinewaind | May 27, 2015 |
This kind hearted, warming story captures the attention of readers because of the realistic depiction. This book entails the adventures of a handful of zoo animals, traveling to their zoo keepers house who is sick. They proceed to care for their friend until he is fully healed. This heart warming picture book is filled with excellent illustrations. I would read this book to a group of k-1st graders because I feel as though they will be able to relate to their mother or father taking care of them when they are sick. ( )
  mbabst | May 3, 2015 |
Summary: The story of a man named Amos McGee who is a zoo keeper that finds his job extremely important. Amos takes special care of all the animals at the zoo including playing chess with them, running races, and telling stories. One day, Amos wakes up sick and cannot get to work, but all the animals at the zoo decide to go to Amos's house to keep him company. He is very grateful to have such great friends.

Personal reflection: I loved the message of this book. It teaches character by showing the type of devotion Amos has toward his job which is important for young children to understand. I also like the creativeness of the book when all the animals go to Amos's house. Also good book for teaching values of friendship.

Class use: Read aloud for discussion about friendship. To read aloud when a lot of people seem sick or down as a pick-me-up. I would also use this book in a text set on friendship.
  MelissaKlatt | Apr 28, 2015 |
A Sick Day for Amos McGee is a story about a zookeeper and his daily routines. Amos gets up early every morning, makes his oatmeal and takes the bus to work. He works at the zoo and has daily routines with all of his animal friends. He plays chess with the elephant, runs races with the tortoise, sits with the penguin, lends a handkerchief to the rhino, and reads to the owl. One day Amos gets sick, and can't go into work. All of his animal friends miss him so they decide to take the bus to his house. Amos is able to continue his daily routines with his friends at home and he is very thankful they came to see him. All of the animals sleep at his house and get ready to go back to the zoo the next morning. This story shows that no matter what, your friends are always there for you. Each student could write what friendship means to them and their favorite activities to do with their friends. ( )
  EmilyDrennan | Apr 26, 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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