Monday, October 17, 2011
A Sick Day for Amos McGee
by Philip C. Stead
Every morning Amos McGee, a dedicated zookeeper, wakes up early to start his day at the zoo. Although his days at the zoo are busy, he always makes time to visit his good friends. He plays chess with the elephant, runs races with the tortoise, sits with the penguin, lends a handkerchief to the rhinoceros, and reads to the owl. One day Amos wakes up with a cold and decides to stay home. Nonetheless, he has some unexpected guests come help take care of him!
"A Sick Day for Amos McGee" is a book that I truly enjoyed not only because of the story of friendship and empathy, but because of the illustrations as well. The book, a Caldecott Medal Winner (2011), is written and illustrated by a husband and wife team whose words and illustrations work together harmoniously! The illustrations are created by hand using woodblock printing techniques and pencil, which are highly detailed yet gentle enough for the story. By reading this book to your preschooler, he/she can understand that friends come in all different shapes and sizes and that friendship is a two-way street. They will also enjoy who Amos' unexpected guests are and the ways that these guests take care of him!
Activity: Allow your preschooler to further learn about the animals they saw in the book and others that they normally do not see in their everyday lives by taking a trip to the zoo. If there is not a zoo nearby, you and your preschooler can take a virtual visit to the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C. The link below allows you to tune into the National Zoo's live web cams that feature many of the zoo's animals along with several facts about each animal. This gives your preschooler the opportunity to see these unique animals and learn about their lifestyles!
Smithsonian National Zoo Animal Cams: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/webcams/default.cfm
Book cover copied and pasted from: http://www.amazon.com/Sick-Day-Amos-McGee/dp/1596434023