A Sick Day For Amos McGee by Philip Christian Stead and Illustrated by Erin Stead
Publisher:  Roaring Brook Press
Published:  May 25th 2010
Hardcover, 32 pages
Reading Level: Ages 4-8
* 2011 Caldecott Medal Winner 

Amos McGee, a friendly zookeeper, always made time to visit his good friends: the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the rhinoceros, and the owl.
But one day – “Ah-choo!” – he woke up with the sniffles and the sneezes. Though he didn’t make it into the zoo that day, he did receive some unexpected guests.
Philip C. Stead’s gently humorous tale of friendship and dedication is illustrated by his wife Erin E. Stead’s elegant drawings, embellished with subtle hints of color.
A Sick Day For Amos McGee is not just for children but perfect for adults.  It is a story of friendship and kindheartedness which is beautifully paired with unique and gorgeous illustrations drawn by Erin Stead, in pencil and by hand.  
Amos McGee, a zookeeper, finds complete happiness in taking care and visiting the animals of the zoo. He spends time with each animal in different ways: racing the tortoise, reading stories to an owl who is afraid of the dark, talking to a shy penguin, and playing chess with an elephant.   
One day Amos McGee gets sick and is not able to go to work.  His zoo animal friends notice his absence and worry about him.  Because of Amos McGee’s unwavering friendship, they visit him at home and spend time with him, just as he has always done for them.   The next morning, Amos McGee is much better, all from the simple acts of kindness and the simplicity of friendship.  
 Philip Stead’s picture book is beautifully written and illustrated.  It is hard to come away without a smile and a better understanding of love and friendship. 
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