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Bibliographic Data:
Reading Level: Ages 2-6

Hardcover: 34 pages
Publisher: Philip C. Stead
Illustrated: Erin E. Stead
Hardcover: $16.99
Language: English
ISBN- 978-1-59643-402-8

Author Biography:
Philip Stead is the author of “A Sick Day for Amos McGee” which was awarded the Caldecott Medal, New York Times Best Illustrated Book, and Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of 2010. Stead also wrote, “Creamed Tuna Fish and Peas on Toast” which was recognized by the School Library Journal for it wry humor and illustrations. Philip’s wife, Erin illustrates his books. They reside together in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

“A Sick Day for Amos McGee” is a fictional story that illustrates good friendship traits. Amos McGee is a zookeeper, who is very friendly and always makes time for his friends. His friends at the zoo are the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the rhinoceros, and the owl. One day Amos McGee got sick and could not make it into work. His friends at the zoo were very upset and missed him so they decided to make a trip to his house. All of the tasks that McGee helped his friends with when they were in need, his friends were able to return the favor. He was very happy that he got a surprise visit and he was offered the help that he once gave to his friends.

“A Sick Day for Amos McGee” is a great book that shows children the dedication of friendship. Even though McGee is a very busy man at the zoo he makes time to spend with his friends. Each time spent with his friends is special and shows his dedication and love for his friends. I would recommend this book to teachers as well as students. This provides a good lesson that can show kids how important it is to have traits such as dedication and being loyal. The illustrations help the reader see deeper into the characters’ emotions.

Analysis of Literary Element:
By reading this book to my future classroom the students can learn the importance of friendship. It also shows traits of how to be a good citizen and how to take care of someone who is in need. For my students I can use the example of “Do one to others as how you want to be treated.” After reading this great read, I will ask the students if they have ever helped someone or know any traits of good friendship. This is a wonderful book to share with children. They will learn lessons that can help them make lasting friendships.