Winners Wednesdays: A Sick Day for Amos McGee


A Sick Day for Amos Mcgee by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead won the Caldecott Award in 2011. The adorable story of an old man and his animal friends at the zoo was able to capture the hearts of many people. But what really made the story stand out were the illustrations.


A Sick Day for Amos McGee is about an old man who works at the zoo. But, “he always made time to see his friends.” He helps each on of them in some way. For example, he plays chess with the elephant, ran races with the tortoise and let him win, and would read stories to the owl at night. But one morning, Amos was too sick to come into work. The animals at the zoo waited for him all day, but Amos did not come. Later in the day the animals all got on a bus to Amos’s house. They did all the things for Amos that he usually does for them.

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The grey illustrations with colored pencil pops of color make the illustrations unique. The colors really make certain things stand out. Another great thing about the illustrations in this book are that the animals and the old man look realistic. There is a lot of detail in the face of the Amos that makes him look like a cute old man. The facial features are proportionate to a real man.

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I think this book can serve as a book to teach about friendship. Amos McGee was a good friend, so then his friends were good to him. For any age child it is good to hear that every once and a while. Everyone wants to be a friend and have a friend like Amos McGee.


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