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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 Sick Day for Amos McGee," is a story about a zookeeper, Amos, that gets up every morning to go to work at the zoo. He always made time for his friends the elephant, tortoise, penguin, rhinoceros, and the owl. He would play games with them, and even read bed time stories to the owl. One day, however, he became too sick to go to work. That day was a sad day for the zoo animals because their friend did not show up to play with them. Eventually, they all left the zoo and waited at the bus stop. Children would find this part in the book funny since the animals really cannot get on the bus. The award winning illustrator also uses woodblock printing and pencil to make it a classic look. The animals arrived to the zookeepers house to cheer him up, but he could not play his usual games. He did however, play chess with the elephant and have tea with all of his friends. Once it got late, as usual, he read the owl a bed time story and they all went to bed. This would be a great bedtime story to read to children before bed, maybe they will even dream of having a trip like the animals from the zoo. ( )
  Sierra.Coupel | Aug 29, 2016 |
Sweet story about the friendship a zookeeper has with the zoo animals and how they come to care for him when he is sick. The best part of the book are the illustrations created by the author's wife. Erin uses a woodblock printing technique and pencil. They are spectacular.
  JLT70 | Jul 28, 2016 |
A Sick Day For Amos McGee tells the story of Amos the zookeeper and all that he does throughout his day. The books hows Amos getting up, taking the bus, feeding and playing with the zoo animals and going to bed. When Amos gets sick, the animals come to take care of him. We see Amos's day in reverse but this time from the animal perspective.
This simple book teaches a really important lesson about helping out people who are sick. The illustrations are sweet and silly. This book could be used in a classroom setting for a student who has a long term illness. Children often are unsure of how to respond in that situation and this book provides a good example.
  SteveKorin | Jul 27, 2016 |
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 |
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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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