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A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead
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Mar 08, 12

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A Sick Day for Amos McGee is a lovely story about a very dedicated zookeeper. One day, Amos is sick and his animal friends that he cares for come to visit him. Winner of a Caldecott, the illustrations in this title are fantastic. They not only compliment the text, they complete it. The drawings set the mood for the book and show the expressions of the characters. The major contribution the illustrations provide is the dispositions of the characters. Amos’s sweet personality and the genuine friendship he has built with the animals in the story is described best not through words but the expressions on the faces of each character. Without the illustrations, the relationships between the characters would fall flat.
The use of color in A Sick Day for Amos McGee is unique. The majority of the page is white, with pops of color accentuating the characters. The text in this story is straightforward and simplistic, describing the bones of the tale. Over all, while neither text nor illustration has large gaps that need to be filled, the story would feel incomplete and unsatisfying without the combination of the two.
I would definitely recommend this book for parents and teachers of early readers. The text is manageable for early readers and they can follow the illustrations to get context on confusing words. Animals are especially interesting to young children, which makes this title ideal.
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