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A Sick Day for Amos McGee

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

2011 Caldecott winner celebrates caring for one another.

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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.

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