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A Sick Day for Amos McGee Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-09-09 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 315 user ratings
ISBN:1250171105
LANGUAGE:English

"Amos McGee lovingly takes care of the zoo animals, meeting their individual needs. When the rhino has allergies, he provides the hankey. When the elephant is bored, they play chess. Because the owl is afraid of the dark, at sunset Amos reads stories to him. The penguin is shy, and Amos quietly sits by him. The tortoise has daily races with Amos, and Amos always allows this slow poke to win.

When Amos has a cold and remains home, the animals miss him. Boarding a bus, they arrive at Amos' house where the roles are now reversed and the animals read, provide tissues, play chess and keep him warm.

This is a wonderful tale of friendship. Most importantly, the illustrations are vivid, sharp and crisp. Erin creates her illustrations by hand using woodblock printing techniques and pencil and the result is superb!
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"A Sick Day for Amos McGee is a Caldecott Award picture book written by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead. I selected this book from the ALSC website. A Sick Day for Amos McGee evokes emotions of warmth and sympathy. In particular, Amos McGee, the main character, is a dedicated zookeeper with regular routines. Despite his duties at the zoo, Amos always makes time for his animal friends. He enjoys playing chess with the elephant, running races with the tortoise, and reading stories to the owl. Consequently, the animals are attached to Amos; thus, when he wakes up sick and cannot go to work one day, the story is reversed as the animals decide to do something extraordinary…

The profound theme in A Sick Day for Amos McGee reveals some of the essential qualities of friendship, including kindness, mutual caring, and altruism. The interactions between Amos and the zoo animals confirm that their friendship is truly genuine. Amos is a responsible and faithful character; he is motivated by pure compassion. Amos is simply charming. The story is told through simple text. The plot is intriguing and entertaining, and it keeps the reader engaged. The illustrations are gentle adding warmth to this beautiful picture book. The illustrator skillfully used woodblock prints to add soft color to the pencil drawings and, as a result, brought the characters to life and made each page visually appealing. The wordless pages create a pleasant balance allowing the illustrations to narrate the story. I would implement A Sick Day for Amos McGee in the primary grades as a read aloud to reflect on the nature of friendship as well as the importance of responsibility. In particular, book activities can engage students in retelling, sequencing events, investigating how illustrations create emotional impact on the reader and extend the story, making text-to-self connections, differentiating between fact and fiction, as well as identifying story structures. Because the characters in this picture book are animals, students can identify and classify the different types of zoo animals and explore the role of a zookeeper.

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" Loved the empathy and service! So sweet! " said.

" Lovely, quiet story, beautiful illustrations " said.

" A Sick Day for Amos McGee is a beautiful picture book. In a day where it seems bright colors, and crazy art rule picture books, A Sick Day for Amos McGee is beautiful in its unflashiness. This great tale of friendship and love will become a long time favorite in both my classroom and home. " said.

" Somehow, I just never got around to reading this book. I'm glad I finally did. What a beautiful tale of friendship. Stead is quite talented with making books that have characters that come to life in his book. They become dimensional characters that you wish would reside outside of the pages. " said.

" A lovely, understated story about friendship and empathy. And the illustrations are beautiful, humorous yet sensitive and expressive. The use of colors is refreshingly sober. I'll have some more of that, please ...I could see this as a story time read, but there are details in the pictures that are best appreciated with a lap read. " said.

"I thought that this book was very well written and told a very cute story. Amos McGee is a zoo keeper and visits his animal friends every day to take care of them. One day, he is sick and can't make it to work, so the animals decide to pay him a visit and take care of him. I thought that the theme of friendship and loyalty shined through the pages, with the idea that you should always be there for your friends. It was comical to see the animals waiting at the bus stop, and I am sure children would enjoy that as well. This children's picture book is great for lower level readers, especially because of the penciled pictures and comic relief. In a young classroom this book could be used in a journal entry for what the students would do if they were home sick for a day. It can also be used in the science subject by studying the kinds of animals in the book, such as elephants or owls.

Stead, P., & Stead, E. (2010). A sick day for Amos McGee. New York City: Roaring Brook Press.
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