A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead

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What is it about this book that makes me want to tuck it into my bag and carry it around all day?   I think its the soft colors and the gentle tone.  It’s one of those books that make me feel like if things get a little too crazy, looking at it would make me smile.  A Sick Day for Amos McGee is a simple story of a zookeeper who visits his best animal friends every day.  When Amos get sick, they naturally return the favor and visit Amos – at his home.  The illustrations by Erin Stead are lovely.  Look at Amos’s face.  He looks so kind – exactly like the sort of person who would play a card game with an elephant and a penguin.  There are wonderful small touches.  When you see the book, check out the teddy bear sitting on Amos’s bed on the very first page – and then look where he’s sleeping on the final spread.  This one will find its way to lots of children this coming school year – and another copy will stay in my collection of favorite books.

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