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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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A man who does the same exact routine everyday get sicks one day and is unable to continue his routine that day. His friends which are animals come to help him get better so he can get back to his everyday routine. They work all day to get him better!
  BrittanyPatman | Sep 19, 2016 |
In my opinion, this is an excellent children’s book. The main idea of this book is giving back to good friends, which is a very valuable message to send to children. The animals visit Amos on his sick day and return all of the nice favors he does for them every day to nurse him back to health. This book pushes readers to think about the kind gestures their friends have done for them and what they have done in return to help friends. The illustrations of each animal are very detailed and the animals are mostly drawn to scale. For example, the picture of a large elephant playing chess with Amos is eye-catching because it emphasizes the size difference between humans and elephants. There is a clear plot, which is Amos getting sick and not being able to visit the animals at the zoo. There is also a resolution, which is when the animals getting on the bus to visit Amos when he is resting and help him have a nice day. The plot and writing in general is organized and well-paced. The language is descriptive, since each page describes an activity in detail that Amos does with each animal at the zoo. For example, the book states, “He would play chess with the elephant (who thought and thought before making a move), run races with the tortoise (who never ever lost)”. There is also some humor with this quote since elephants are said to be really smart and think a lot, but tortoises usually are not fast. There is not an aspect of this story I would criticize, so I can see why it is a Caldecott medal winner. ( )
  NicoleFrankel | Sep 17, 2016 |
I love this book! It has the cutest animations of animals and a little old man. The illustrations gave an old time feeling with nice pastel colors to make it more soft ( )
  KJoPlante | Sep 15, 2016 |
Summary: Amos McGee wakes up early every morning for work at the zoo. He is a very busy man but he always makes time for his animal friends. One day he wakes up sick, and can't see his animal friends. The animals at the zoo are waiting for their friend but he doesn't come. The animals start to worry and get on a bus to go see their best friend. They play chest, hide n seek, and nap. Amos' animal friends take care of him until he feels better.

Personal reaction- I thought this was a cute story. It's a story about what friends do when other friends are sick. I think that this would be a good book to read right around that time of the year when the flu is going around, it would help explain why so many kids aren't at school.

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Dramatic Play- We could create a 'doctor's office' in the class room. Having things like blankets, flowers, and other ideas that the kids come up with. Then they can role play some of them being the patients and others being the doctor.

Writing- Have the kids write about who they would want to be visited by if they were sick one day. I would try to encourage them to get creative with it. (i.e would they want a dinosaur to come and visit them?)

Art- Have the kids draw their favorite part of the book with the names of the animals that it includes.

Math- Have the kids count how many times each animal occurs in the book. ( )
  SamanthaPeel | Sep 14, 2016 |
I think that this is such a cute book with a good message. I love how this book portrays a message of good karma and how you treat others. It shows children that when you do good for people and care for them, they will in turn care for you. Just like the saying, "treat others how you wish to be treated". I also love how when the animals are traveling to Amos, there are no words. This leaves these pages open to our own interpretation.
  makensiecowart | Sep 12, 2016 |
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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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