Module 3: Post 2: A Sick Day For Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead

Book Title: A Sick Day for Amos McGee

Author: Philip C. Stead

Illustrator: Erin Stead

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

Published Date: 2010


Amos McGee always takes care of the zoo animals, especially whenever they are sick. Well, poor Amos McGee has gotten sick himself. But no fear! The zoo animals are there for him too!

APA Reference:

Stead, P. (2010). A sick day for Amos McGee. Dongguan City, China: Roaring Brook Press.


This story is so cute. I want to own a zoo and have the animals love me so much that they take care of me as well!

Professional Review:

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 chess with the elephant (“who thought and thought before making a move”), sits quietly with the penguin, and spends time with his other animal friends. But when Amos catches a cold, the animals ride the bus to pay him a visit, each, in a charming turnabout, doing for Amos whatever he usually does for them. The elephant sets up the chessboard; the shy penguin sits on the bed, “keeping Amos’s feet warm.” Newcomer Erin Stead’s elegant woodblock prints, breathtaking in their delicacy, contribute to the story’s tranquility and draw subtle elements to viewers’ attention: the grain of the woodblocks themselves, Amos’s handsome peacock feather coverlet. Every face–Amos’s as well as the animals’–brims with personality. Philip Stead’s (Creamed Tuna Fish and Peas on Toast) narrative moves with deliberate speed, dreaming up a joyous life for the sort of man likely to be passed on the street without a thought. Ages 2-6.

(2010). A sick day for Amos McGee. Publisher’s Weekly, 257(19), 41.

Library Uses:

This is good to show that if you treat someone with kindness that they will show you kindness in return.


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