A Sick Day for Amos McGee

A Sick Day for Amos McGee

Book - 2010
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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.

Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook, c2010.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781596434028
Branch Call Number: j P FAVORITE STEAD P
Characteristics: 1 volumes (unpaged) : illustrations ; 23 x 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Stead, Erin E.


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When Amos McGee is too sick to make it to his zookeeper job, the animals come to his house to take care of him. Sweet story about friendship and caring for others.

Zookeeper Amos McGee is a devoted friend to the animals in the zoo, but what will happen when he needs to take a sick day?

LPL_Childrens May 23, 2016

A tender story about what it means to be a good friend. Erin Stead's art is mesmerizing, subtle, and touching. If you already love A Sick Day for Amos Mcgee be sure to check out all of the titles by Phillip and Erin Stead.

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Mar 27, 2020

Amos McGee is a zookeeper who always makes sure to take good care of his animal friends: the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the rhinoceros, and the owl. One day, Amos is too sick to go to work, and his friends decide to come visit him to help cheer him up and to take care of him the way he always takes care of them.

This book is an adorable, heartwarming tale of friends taking care of each other. Erin E. Stead’s illustrations are well-deserving of the Caldecott medal. Her simple and absurd yet realistic pencil drawings coupled with her spare use of color, which draws attention to important details, bring this powerful friendship story to life. Philip C. Stead’s matter-of-fact, cheerful prose pairs beautifully with the illustrations to make a memorable and thoroughly enjoyable book that both young children and their parents will enjoy.

SquamishLibraryStaff Mar 20, 2017

A sweet, soothing story with illustrations that say so much about the animal characters and their affection for Amos McGee. Like a cozy blanket and a hot cup of tea when you're feeling under the weather.

VaughanPLKasey Jan 13, 2017

A truly charming story with beautiful illustrations

Meeseeks Dec 23, 2016

A very sweet story about friendship and taking care of each other.

LPL_Childrens May 23, 2016

A tender story about what it means to be a good friend. Erin Stead's art is mesmerizing, subtle, and touching. If you already love A Sick Day for Amos Mcgee be sure to check out all of the titles by Phillip and Erin Stead.

Jul 07, 2015

It took a while for my 2 year old to warm up to this story.. but now she wants it every single night.

May 16, 2015

SUMMARY: Amos McGee's days are very predictable. He goes to work every day and takes care of the animals at the zoo. But one day, Amos wakes up sick and must stay in bed. The animals depend on his friendship and are disconcerted when Amos does not show up. So the animals go to him. They entertain him and take care of him just as he usually does for them.

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations absolutely make this book a success. They are created by hand using woodblock printing techniques and pencil. They are absolutely adorable. The illustrator gives so much character to these characters through her drawings. I love Amos' pant legs that ride too high. I love the cute little details on the animals such as penguin's socks and turtle's superior smile when he wins the race. The colors are muted in just the right way giving the book a very homey feel.

THE GOOD: This story is absolutely adorable. I love the friendship between Amos and the animals and the obvious love on both sides. I love how the animals could not stay away when Amos got sick and how they stayed through the night with him. This is a story of unconditional friendship. This would be a perfect book for a little one's own sick day in bed.


Miranda_J Nov 27, 2014

Memorable, lovely and charming. The beautiful illustrations compliment a great story. Sick days will never be the same.

KRockstar10 Apr 29, 2013

A very sweet book about a zookeeper and the animals who love him.

JewelMcLatchy Sep 18, 2012

Illustrations were incredible and reminded me of some of the classic picture books from the 50s and 60s in their style.

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