Saturday, June 22, 2013
A Sick Day for Amos McGee
Author: Philip C. Stead
Illustrator: Erin E. Stead
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Year: 2010
Location: Knox County Public Library- Powell
Awards: Caldecott medal, Publisher's Weekly & Kirkus starred reviews, A Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book, Charlotte Zolotow Award/Honor Book
Summary: Amos McGee is a zookeeper with a scheduled life until one day when he gets a cold and has to stay in bed. His animal friends all wait for Amos to show up and wonder where he is so they head to the bus stop. Elephant, rhinoceros, turtle, owl, and penguin go to visit Amos and cheer him up. At the end of the story, owl reads them a bedtime story before everyone settles down to spend the night. Erin Stead's woodblock and pencil drawings are subtle and the personalities of the characters are captured perfectly.
Classroom Ideas:The theme here is about caring and friendship. You could also use this book to talk about genre: fantasy.