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A Sick Day for Amos McGee (edition 2010)

by Philip C. Stead, Erin Stead (Illustrator)

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Title:A Sick Day for Amos McGee
Authors:Philip C. Stead
Other authors:Erin Stead (Illustrator)
Info:Roaring Brook Press (2010), Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:1st-3rd grd, easy, favorite, Caldecott

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Summary: Amos McGee started every morning by getting a uniform on, winding his watch, oatmeal, and tea. With his belly full he goes out for his workday and catches the number five bus to the City Zoo. Amos is a zookeeper who always made time to visit his friends, the elephant, tortoise, penguin, rhinoceros, and the owl. But one day Amos woke up with the sniffles and couldn’t make it to the zoo. The animals waited for him, and when Amos didn’t show up they went to visit him and give him company.

Personal Response: This is a heart-warming story with beautiful illustrations that beautifully represent the story. The story captures the dedication and companionship Amos gave the zoo animals and the dedication and companionship that the animals felt for him. This book utilizes some the postmodernism through playfulness, with a few pages of wordless pictures that allow the readers to interpret the story.

Curriculum Connection: This story can be used in the Pre-K -2nd-grade classroom to teach students social skills on kindness, companionship, friendship and treating each other nicely. This can also be used in a 1st-2nd grade Language Arts classroom to teach students about story sequencing. It would also be a great way to incorporate writing about companionship or kindness they have encountered or to write about various endings to the story. ( )
  ftakahashi | Feb 21, 2017 |
There are 3 reasons why I like this book. First, I like the way that the book was written. The in-depth description of the things like the bus that Amos McGee rode to work every day and the things that he did with the animals really drew me into the book. Secondly, I enjoyed how personable the characters seemed. Philip Stead made sure to list personal details about each of the characters, especially Amos McGee, who was described as an “early riser” who swung his legs out of bed and “swapped his pajamas for a fresh- pressed uniform” every morning. Finally, I especially enjoyed the illustrations. Simple, yet worth a thousand words, the illustrations just about spoke for themselves. Even the front and back covers were beautifully designed. I particularly appreciate how the back cover has the animals walking back into the zoo from behind. The big idea of this story is that the golden rule still applies today. Do unto others as you want done unto yourself. ( )
  vfromm1 | Feb 20, 2017 |
Summary: Amos McGee always had the same routine in the morning before he headed off to work at the zoo. At work he always made time to play chess with the elephant, race the turtle, sit quietly with the penguin, give a tissue to the rhinoceros, and read to the owl. One day he gets sick and cannot make it to work. So, his animal friends from the zoo come to his house to take care of Amos.

Personal Reaction: I enjoyed this book, because I have had friends come to take care of me when I did not feel good. It is a good feeling to have friends that will help you when you are in need.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. A good book to read over helping others.
  BrittanyPatman | Feb 12, 2017 |
Amos McGee spent everyday going to visit the animals at the zoo. He did one activity with each animal. One day when Amos was sick and did not show up at the zoo, the animals showed up at his house to spend the day with him. This book would be great to show students on how friends will always be there on sick days. ( )
  hannahcole | Feb 2, 2017 |
I feel in love with this picture book by the second page. The illustrations really make this a memorable story about Amos, an adorable old man who spends his days with animals. Penguins wearing socks and elephants playing chess, it just doesn't get better! I fell in love with the art and wanted the book to keep going. The details in the art really helped you understand certain parts of the story as well, such as; the mouse holding a tiny alarm clock which read 5am, confirming that Amo's day really was "AN EARLY RISER". ( )
  MeganSchneider | Feb 2, 2017 |
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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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