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A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead
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Aug 22, 14

bookshelves: picture-book, reviewed-for-emmet-o-neal-library-c, award-winners
Read in February, 2011

Amos McGee takes his time. His routine is simple, and his friendships are true. When he gets a cold and doesn’t show up for his job as a zookeeper, his animals notice. They make a trip to his house to pay back the kindness he shows them every day. Erin Stead garnered a well-earned Caldecott for her work on Amos McGee; the shy, faded illustrations give this book the same personality as its main character: simple, sincere, sweet. Observant readers will find plenty of illustrated details that help them get to know Amos beyond the text.

By reflecting an element of Amos’s personality in each of the zoo animals, author Philip Stead manages more profound character development in 32 pages than most writers can achieve in as many chapters. By the time you close the book, you will have fallen in love with Amos McGee and his friends. And that’s okay – this is a book to savor; so go ahead, flip back to the beginning and take another amble with Amos.
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