Thursday, October 13, 2011

Picture Book Thursday: A Sick Day for Amos McGee

A SICK DAY FOR AMOS MCGEE
by: Philip C. Stead and Erin E. Stead
Published May 25th 2010 by Roaring Brook Press

Welcome to Picture Book Thursday.  Today's book, A SICK DAY FOR AMOS MCGEE, won the Caldecott Medal in 2011.  Written and illustrated by a husband and wife team, we are first introduced to Amos, a zookeeper, as he begins his day.  Before he begins his daily responsibilities, he makes sure to spend time with his animal friends: the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the rhinoceros and the owl.

But, one day, Amos wakes up with a cold.  His animal friends miss him at the zoo, so they decide to visit him at home.  After spending time with Amos, and helping to take care of him, Amos begins to feel much better.

I love this book, and the illustrations are so intricate, yet fun for kids. Amos and the animals show the give and take of true friendship and its importance. I definitely recommend this book.