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Press Here by Hervé Tullet
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Oct 21, 12

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A Sick Day for Amos McGee, written by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead, is the sweet story of a man and his daily activities. At the beginning of the story the reader is introduced to Amos McGee and his daily rituals. He wakes up, changes into a neatly pressed uniform, makes his morning breakfast with tea, and then goes to the zoo where he spends time with all of his friends – The animals. Amos spends time playing chess with the elephant, racing the tortoise, sitting with the penguin, blowing the rhino’s nose, and reading to the owl. Every day, Amos McGee goes to the zoo, until one day he wakes up feeling under the weather. He must stay home from the zoo. All of the animals were worried about Amos, so they piled into a bus, and traveled to Amos’ house where they all took care of him. Each animal spends some quality time with Amos, repaying him for the attention he gives to him or her each and every day. Amos says goodnight to all of his animal friends and on the last page there is a picture of all of the animals lying on Amos McGee’s floor together.
This is such a sweet story to read. The underlying theme of the story was the value of friendship. Amos dedicated his days to being a friend to all of the animals in the zoo, and they were all there for Amos when he needed them. I think children would be quick to pick up on the theme of friendship.
This would be a good book to use in a classroom if you were talking about friendship. The characters are all sweet and nice to each other, and especially to Amos, who had always been a friend to all of them. This book teaches what a good friend is, and that is an important lesson for young people. This would be a fun book to recreate with students. Each student could choose an animal and what activity the animal enjoys to do with Amos, then write and draw their animal and activity and create a class book incorporating each child’s page.
This book is not limited to just an audience of children. The main character, Amos is an old man. He is sweet and would appeal to young and old people alike. The illustrations are whimsical, old fashioned, and humorous.
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