A Sick Day for Amos McGee
By Kate Pavao,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
2011 Caldecott winner celebrates caring for one another.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Parents who read this book to their little ones can talk about its message -- or just have fun examining the beautiful woodblock illustrations and talking about the different animals on the book's pages.
Sweet message about the importance of taking care of others. Because Amos has spent so much time being a friend to the animals at the zoo, they are there for him when he needs them most.
Positive Role Models
Amos is very sweet to each of the animals at the zoo, whether he's playing chess with the elephant or just sitting by a shy penguin. When he needs care and comforting, the animals return his kindness.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Sick Day for Amos McGee, by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E Stead, won the 2011 Caldecott Medal for best picture book, and it's easy to see why. Woodblock illustrations in mostly soft colors -- and a bright red balloon -- draw readers into this gentle tale about the importance of kindness and taking care of others. Because Amos has spent so much time being a friend to the animals at the zoo, they are there for him when he needs them most.
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What's the Story?
When a kindly zoo keeper wakes up feeling sick, he must stay home. So, the animals he faithfully looks after decide to come to his house to take care of him -- and cheer him up.
Is It Any Good?
This is a beautiful book about kindness told through simple text and illustrations. Readers will certainly feel Amos's joy when his animal friends appear at his house, a penguin carrying a bright red balloon ("Hooray! My friends are here!").
Woodblock illustrations with mostly soft colors -- and a bright red balloon -- draw readers into this gentle tale. As families reread this book, kids will have fun noticing small details, such as the turtle caring a tea tray on its shell, or the elephant curled up with a teddy bear on the last page. And they'll have no trouble picking up on the book's sweet message about the importance of taking care of others.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how the animals take care of their zookeeper in A Sick Day for Amos McGee. What are some things that you like when you are sick -- playing games, having tea, snuggling? What are some things you can do for other family members when they're not feeling well?
Why do you think the animals decided to pay Amos a visit at his house? Were they just lonely -- or was it something else?
Why is it important to take care of others in need?
- Author: Philip C. Stead
- Illustrator: Erin E. Stead
- Genre: Picture Book
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
- Publication date: May 25, 2010
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 2 - 6
- Number of pages: 32
- Award: Caldecott Medal and Honors
- Last updated: February 10, 2020
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