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A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead
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Sep 03, 2011

really liked it

This book was absolutely adorable. The illistrations were very interesting. The dominant colors are yellow, brown, green, gray, and a small touch of red or blue. They are light shaded drawings, you can see the stroke lines which gives the story a very natural feel. There is also a reoccuring image; a small red balloon shows up on a few different pages. There was also a little mouse on multiple pages. Neither the mouse or the balloon were mentioned in the story, but they are both on the cover and in the illustrations. The animals we’re really brought to life through the images. The penguin was wearing socks, the rhinoserice was wearing a scarf, and the elephant could play chess. The story was very cute, it had a good message for children as well; true friends take care of each other in times of need. Every day Amos would wake up bright and early and head to the zoo to spend time with his friends. He played chess with the elephant, helped the rino with a runny nose, spent time with the shy penguin, raced the tortoise, and read to the owl. When they realized that he was not coming into the zoo one day, the animals took the bus to his house and took care of him while he was suffering a cold. The cover is not a wrap around image, but the yellow and white lines make the cover and back cover images stand out. You can see Amos and his elephant and penguin friends playing cards on the cover. On the back you can see Amos’ friends leaving the zoo to go visit Amos. I would highly suggest this book to a preschool or early education teacher.

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