A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead

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The Best Sick Day Ever and the animals in the zoo feature in this striking picture book debut. Friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In Amos McGee’s case, all sorts of species, too! Every day he spends a little bit of time with each of his friends at the zoo, running races with the tortoise, keeping the shy penguin company, and even reading bedtime stories to the owl. But when Amos is too sick to make it to the zoo, his animal friends decide it’s time they returned the favor.
 

About Philip C. Stead

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Philip C. Stead and Erin E. Stead won the Caldecott Medal for A Sick Day for Amos McGee, their first book together. Philip is also the author and illustrator of Creamed Tuna Fish and Peas on Toast. They divide their time between Ann Arbor, Michigan, and New York City.
 
Published May 25, 2010 by Roaring Brook Press. 32 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Amos McGee, an elderly zookeeper, enjoys a clockwork life (one teaspoonful of sugar for oatmeal, two for tea and the number five bus to work) until the sniffles force him to stay in bed and miss his daily visits with animal friends.

Sep 23 2010 | Read Full Review of A Sick Day for Amos McGee

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With quiet affection, this husband-and-wife team tells the story of a zookeeper whose devotion is repaid when he falls ill. On most days, the angular, elderly Amos rides the bus to the zoo, plays ches

May 10 2010 | Read Full Review of A Sick Day for Amos McGee

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Amos McGee became just that, one- and two-page stories—small but meaningful moments—that add up to a complete story of friendship and devotion.” Click here for other 2010 Best books for young readers and listeners that celebrate friends and family.

Nov 15 2010 | Read Full Review of A Sick Day for Amos McGee

Examiner

The husband and wife team of Philip Christian Stead and Erin Stead (Illustrator) are an award winning team when it comes to “A Sick Day for Amos McGee”.

Feb 11 2011 | Read Full Review of A Sick Day for Amos McGee

BookPage

A Sick Day for Amos McGee is the first collaborative effort by the husband-and-wife team of Philip and Erin Stead, and even their dedication is intertwined as each acknowledges the other in a never-ending circle of words.

Jul 14 2014 | Read Full Review of A Sick Day for Amos McGee

Common Sense Media

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.

May 25 2010 | Read Full Review of A Sick Day for Amos McGee

Spirituality & Practice

A Sick Day for Amos McGee is a Caldecott Medal winner and a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book Awards winner.

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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.

May 25 2010 | Read Full Review of A Sick Day for Amos McGee

A Patchwork of Books

It’s fascinating because most of the children I come in contact with love his books, and many of my (undergrad) children’s lit students think he is “too complicated” for kids or they “won’t get him.” The reality is often that they have forgotten how to read and enjoy picture books themselves and ...

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Children's Books Guide

Written with gentle humor and touched by colorful illustrations, I found this book is more then deserving of its Caldecott Medal and its standing in The New York Times top ten best selling children’s books.

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