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A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead

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
Tags:1st-3rd grd, easy, favorite, Caldecott

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A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead



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Amos McGee was always on time for his job at the zoo. He would spend time with the animals each day, but one day he had a cold, so he didn't make it in. The animals came to him to help take care of him. ( )
  jmillerlits | Jul 21, 2016 |
Every day Amos gets up, eats his oatmeal, dresses for the day, and heads off to the zoo, where he happens to be the zookeeper. But not on this day, for Amos is sick with the sniffles. When Amos’s charges: an elephant, a penguin, an owl, a tortoise, and a rhinoceros, discover that he is not at the zoo, they quietly catch the number five bus to Amos’s house, where they do for him what he has been doing for them over years. They take care of him, they chat, and they cheer him up. In this subtle and extraordinary book, Stead creates a beautiful dependency between the animals and the zookeeper. Erin Stead’s luscious pencil illustrations add immensely to this story, a fine example of text and illustration complementing each other. ( )
  Brad.Coulter | Jul 20, 2016 |
Amos McGee spends his life doting on the animals he keeps at the zoo, and when he wakes up with a terrible cold they all come over to help him feel better. ( )
  bradfordtam | Jul 13, 2016 |
In the book A Sick Day for Amos Mcgee, a man has a sick day and doesn't get to visit all his animal friends at the zoo. A strange thing happens when he does not show up to spend time with them. The animals leave the zoo!! They go visit Amos at home to help him feel better and nurse him back to health. Soon after their arrival, Amos begins to feel better and gets ready for the next day of going to work at the zoo. They have a sleep over and Amos is all better.
This book would be a great book for the classroom because children get sick and this puts a funny spin on a not so fun event. For a building cooking experience to this book I would have the children in my class make the oatmeal and tea Amos makes everyday.
For another building experience we could use this as a science activity and talk about the animals and what the animals eat and where the animals live if they are not in the zoo. ( )
  sb938957 | Jul 2, 2016 |
Author, Philip C. Stead, and Illustrator, Erin E. Stead won the Caldecott Award – 2011 with this beautiful and delightful book, their first book done together, yet certainly not their first book. The illustrations won the award, but the story is perfectly suited for riding alongside these incredibly detailed and colorful drawings.

It is a simple story about friendship and caring. Amos McGee, the zookeeper, takes extra care of his zoo animals, spending time and doing special things with each one to bring out the best in that particular animal and friend. When Amos McGee becomes sick one day and cannot make it into the zoo, his animal buddies wonder where he is and worry about him. They miss him terribly and decide to go see what has kept him home. From there, the story takes a sweet turn when the animals take care of him, reversing the roles.

The main characters are Amos, of course, an elephant, a tortoise, a penguin, a rhinoceros, and an owl. They each have their quirky personality traits, firstly seen in the zoo, and then appearing at Amos’ home where they play out in the cutest ways. The drawings are so much a part of this story that it may take a bit longer to read unless, of course, your children just need to read the book through to get to the ending.

This is a children’s book, but adults will find themselves reading it again without the kids just to spend plenty of time looking at the fine detail of Mrs. Stead’s drawings. They are wonderfully expressive and a delight!

This books has won a mighty share of Awards:
Caldecott Medal Winner
ALSC Notable Children’s Book
Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of 2010
NYPL Book for Reading and Sharing
Charlotte Zolotow Award/Honor Book
Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens
CPL: Chicago Public Library Best of the Best
Wisconsin Educational Media Association Golden Archer Award Master List

Reading Level: Ages 2-6/Preschool to first grade

I invite you to spend time at the Stead’s websites as well. This may have been their first book done together, but they each have a fine array of books to their individual names. They are both artists and share some of their drawings on these sites:

Author Biography from the book:
“Philip Stead is the author of “A Sick Day for Amos McGee” which was awarded the Caldecott Medal, New York Times Best Illustrated Book, and Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of 2010. Stead also wrote, “Creamed Tuna Fish and Peas on Toast” which was recognized by the School Library Journal for it wry humor and illustrations. Philip’s wife, Erin illustrates his books (as well as another author). They reside together in Ann Arbor, Michigan.” ( )
  lindalou924 | Jun 7, 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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