A Sick Day for Amos McGee

by Philip C. Stead

Book, 2010

Barcode

123462483

Call number

E 500 STE

Collection

Publication

Roaring Brook Press (2010), Edition: 1, 32 pages

Description

"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.

User reviews

LibraryThing member eputney87
Summary: Amos goes to the zoo to visit the animals every day. Until one day he gets sick. The animals decide to hop on a bus and go visit Amos at his house. It is a tender story of friendship and love.

Strength: Characterization
The sweet, gentle and authentic character of Amos McGee is clearly
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depicted through authors word choice and beautiful sketches of the illustrator.

Use with Children: This book would be a great one for friendship week or simply talking about the importance of friendship and caring for others.
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LibraryThing member Booklady123
GoodReads Description:
“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,
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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.”

To say that I was taken by surprise by the winners of the Caldecott and Newbery this year would be a big understatement. As someone who 291 books in 2011, many of them young adult and picture books, one would think that I would have at least heard of the winners before now. Apparently, I was not the only caught unaware about the Newbery. My local library does not even own a copy (yet) and Amazon will not be able to get my copy to me until the end of January. I suspect this one might be another Higher Power of Lucky type book. I hope not.

I was able to get a copy of the Caldecott winner: A Sick Day for Amos McGee written by Philip Christian Stead and illustrated by Erin Stead. It’s a cute story and very well written. As for the illustrations: they are NICE, but they are not MAGICAL and quite frankly, I expect Caldecott illustrations to be MAGICAL, to evoke something within the reader. It’s wonderful when they play an integral part in the story as in Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathman. Bill Thomson’s illustrations in Chalk are MAGICAL. Art & Max by David Wiesner has MAGICAL illustrations. To be honest though, I figured Wiesner’s book would be bypassed because he’s already won the award three times. That shouldn’t be a factor in considering whether or not a book is worthy of the award, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find that it does factor in, if subconsciously.

Of course I’m just one reader in a sea of millions. And I’m an adult. The book was after all intended for children. I will be sharing it with my students. I’ll update you on their opinion of the illustrations. (And yes, I will ask them to compare A Sick Day for Amos McGee with Chalk and Art & Max.)

Recommended for Pre-school to 3rd Grade.

Mrs. Archer’s Rating: 3 of 5
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LibraryThing member Lauramel
The old-fashioned, muted illustrations in this book make it a definite keeper. Along with using this book with preschool or kindergarten children in a unit about animals, it would also be a great addition to a discussion about compassion and empathy.
LibraryThing member KristenSheley
This book just won the Caldecott Medal for the best illustrations, and also won the Best Illustrated Children's Book Award by the New York Times. The illustrations are a delight with the text, in a realistic format, and the artist made the character of Amos stand out even more by cladding him in
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green. In some pages, everything would be a kind of grey pencil with the only colors on the characters—Amos and the animal/s. The text didn't rhyme, but it followed a rhythm and involved animals at the zoo. Since many kids love the zoo and love at least one animal housed there, I can see how this would appeal to young audiences. The word choice of the text is also good—it paints great pictures in the head. (Example, with some fabulous vocabulary underlined by me: “Every morning when the alarm clock clanged, he swung his legs out of bed and swapped his pajamas for a fresh-pressed uniform.” (pg 1).
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LibraryThing member MaowangVater
Amos McGee gets up early every day to catch the six o’clock bus to work at the zoo. Once at work he made his rounds to visit his good friends, and spend time playing with them. So, one day when he’s feeling sick and has to stay home, his friends take the bus out to spend time with him.
LibraryThing member Jpeshke
This is such a sweet and simple story. The child at my daycare could listen to it over and over (and they do). The illustrations are just beautiful. I wish I could hang them in my house. Such a great read aloud story! And from Ann Arbor too!
LibraryThing member amandacb
Amos McGee has a routine; he gets up early, puts on his uniform, eats his breakfast, and then takes the bus to his work, the City Zoo. There, he has various “jobs” with the animals, to include playing chess, running races, and reading books. One day, however, he becomes sick, and does not show
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up for work. The animals become restless and decide to come visit him at home.

Amos McGee was an immediate hit when I read it aloud to my first and second grade classes, not just for the adorable illustrations but for the funny and cute story. It’s a warm reminder that while we may count on people to be there every day, they are in fact counting on us just as much. Love this book!
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LibraryThing member calvinsmith8
Amos McGee is a friendly old zookeeper who always goes out of his way to visit and care for all his friends at the zoo. His closest friends include, the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the rhino, and the owl. But when Amos doesn't arrive to work one day because he is sick, he is missed by all
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of his animal friends. They decide to visit him at his home, in order to take care of him and to play some of the games that they are so accustomed to playing with Amos. The amimals help nurse Amos back to health and they all end up having a slumber party together.
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LibraryThing member kimpiddington
Charming woodblock and pencil illustrations help tell the tale of Amos and his friends from the zoo.
LibraryThing member etwinney
A Sick Day for Amos McGee is a wonderful story about a man who works and makes friends at the zoo. one day he can't make it into work so his friends come to visit him. Children will love it and adults will enjoy reading it to them.
LibraryThing member pgreenley
Though maybe more appreciated by an adult audience this story of friendship is beautifully and simply written and illustrated.
LibraryThing member hshell
Amos McGee is a zookeeper who every animal loves. He loves every animal at the zoo and when he takes a day off the animals decide to visit him. The illustrations are wonderful and show the personality of all of the animals so well.
LibraryThing member Chandra672
This book would be a great book for students because it teaches them about compassion. A lesson could be done on how best to care for those who are sick, or those who need help. Another thing I loved about the book was the use of the pictures. I felt like I could follow the story without really
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even reading the book. There is even a page with no words; you have to follow the animal’s actions.
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LibraryThing member bananajames29
This is the story of compassion and friendship. Amos McGee is a zoo keeper who goes to the zoo, not only to care for the animals, but to visit all his animal friends at the zoo. One say Amos winds up sick and doesn't show up to care for his friends, so they decide to go visit their friend Amos.
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This is such a lovely story with even more lovely illustrations.
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LibraryThing member sskatherine
I avoided this book for a long time, which is surprising because it is a Caldecott winner. I feel that something about the cover put me off, though I can't pinpoint what it was. After reading it though, I found it to be an extremely endearing story about the man (Amos McGee) and his friends from
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the zoo. The artwork is pleasingly vintage in style. For use in a classroom, it could be helpful when introducing new verbs or perhaps when presenting different verb tenses. I think this could be used with English Language Learners as well.
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LibraryThing member laurroop
This beautifully illustrated Caldecott winner is a classic modern tale of a zookeeper and his animal friends. A fine text for read-alouds. Author and illustrator were clearly influenced by Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are--at least in terms of text structure.
LibraryThing member sjordet
Caldecott winner, "A Sick Day for Amos McGee" is a tale of friendship. When their friend Amos gets sick and does not make it to the zoo (like he normally does), the concerned animals Amos hangs out with get on a bus and visit Amos. They take care of him and nurse him back to health.

The story is
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heartwarming and great for teaching children about the importance of friendship. The illustrations use a pale color scheme but bring the characters to life.
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LibraryThing member alphaselene
5Q, 5P - Gorgeous illustrations with a lovely story of friendship between an elderly man and a collection of animals who he visits at the zoo.
LibraryThing member LibraryBlondie
Super cute simple story about the friendship between a zookeeper and some zoo animals. Great soft illustrations.
LibraryThing member Pangle
Zookeeper, Mr. McGee, is a loyal friend and care taker for all of his animals at the zoo. But who will be there for him when he needs a caretaker? To his surprise and delight, he wakes up to all of his animal friends giving him the same good care that he gives to them. This is a touching, gentle,
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simple story of friendship.
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LibraryThing member MaryAnnBurton
So far, I think that this book has my favorite illustrations. I have found that alot of books have gread artwork, or cute cartoons that fit the story, but this books illustrations were something really special. The book shows us how to help our friends who help us, and the illustrations really
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express that here. So far, the two page spread of the animals waiting at the bus stop is by far the best picture I have seen in a childrens book.
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LibraryThing member szierdt
A very sweet story about a man who routinely goes to his job at the zoo to care for his animal friends, until he gets sick and his friend get to care for him. Soft pencil sketches lend to the warmth of the story. Characters are realistically portrayed with human traits. I would use this book to
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talk about the importance of friendship and how unique each friend is. A perfect lesson for empathy.
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LibraryThing member aschmidt22
A Sick Day for Amos McGee is a touching tale that teaches that kindness towards others is often returned. The artwork is beautifully detailed, though initially not all that colorful. As the book progresses, the images become much more vibrant and eye-catching.

This book could be used when teaching
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children about being kind and giving to others while also teaching them about different kinds of animals.
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LibraryThing member kimity
This is a cute book about firnedship. Everday after breakfast Amos would go to the zoo. He would play chess with the elephant, run races with a turtle, wipe the rhino's nose and many other things. One day Amos became sick, instead of going to the zoo he stayed in bed. The animals started to worry
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so they took the bus to see Amos. Once they arrived at Amos' house the animals did the activities that they had missed with sick Amos. The animals stayed the night, all curled up around Amos. The illustrations were very well done. The mixture between pencil and color created a lovely contrast. The daces of the animals and Amos really shoe their emotions. I think that this book is a great tale of friendship, any child will love it and relate.
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LibraryThing member pjw1173
This is one of the best books that I read this term. It is about a zookeeper and his daily rountine at the zoo which includes activities he does with certain animals. When he gets sick, he stays home leaving the animals to wonder why he's not visiting them. The animals end up visiting him at home
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and doing similar activities. This is a fun story for a read aloud.
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Language

Original language

English

Original publication date

2010

Physical description

32 p.; 9.55 x 8.67 inches

ISBN

1596434023 / 9781596434028

UPC

978159643402
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