THE BEST SICK DAY EVER and the animals in the zoo feature in this striking picture book debut.Friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In Amos McGee's case, all sorts of species, too Every day he spends a little bit of time with each of his friends at the zoo, running races with the tortoise, keeping the shy penguin company, and even reading bedtime stories to the owl. But when Amos is too sick to make it to the zoo, his animal friends decide it's time they returned the favor. A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead and Erin E. Stead is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year and the winner of the 2011 Caldecott Medal. This title has Common Core connections.
- ISBN-13: 9781596434028
- ISBN-10: 1596434023
- Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
- Publish Date: May 2010
- Dimensions: 8.6 x 9.5 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.74 pounds
- Page Count: 32
- Reading Level: Ages 2-6
Learning to care for others
Here is a book that exemplifies that happy combination where words and pictures carry equal weight and yet somehow create a whole that defies arithmetic. A Sick Day for Amos McGee is the first collaborative effort by the husband-and-wife team of Philip and Erin Stead, and even their dedication is intertwined as each acknowledges the other in a never-ending circle of words. Their overlapping partnership produces illustrations and text in easy harmony for this understated tale sprinkled with subtle humor.
Amos is an elderly zookeeper who lives alone and methodically follows his daily routine. He schedules time to interact tenderly with each animal according to its need. In turn, when he doesn’t show up for work, the animals reciprocate by taking the bus to check on their sick caretaker. They know just what he needs and gently modify their activities to adjust to his condition. With their friend on the mend, they all fall asleep in a friendly huddle.
This is a heartwarming story, comforting without a lot of fuss. The unusual mixture of pencil drawing and softly colored woodblock printing enhances the peaceful tone. It’s an obvious choice as a reassuring read on a child’s sick day or before bedtime, but it would also be one to keep in mind for any time a quiet break is in order.