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A Sick Day for Amos McGee

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Amos McGee is a gentle tale filled with old fashioned charm, making it a stand out in our modern world.

This tranquil story begins by followimg Amos as he rises from his bed and prepares for his day at work .... as a zoo keeper!  Short sentences on each page whimsiclally describe the quirky interactions Amos has with his animals,

"run races with the tortoise (who never ever lost),"

The structure of the story is then mirrored the following day when Amos is sick and the animals wait .... until they decide to hop on the bus (!?!) and repay the kindness Amos has shown to them.

"The penguin sat quietly, keeping Amos's feet warm."

The beautiful, delicate pencil drawings which could easily tell the story on their own are amazingly lifelike, capturing the personalities of each character perfectly.  The middle pages depicting the animals' journey to Amos are without words - it works perfectly! (Check out Erin's video on the illustration process below).

We loved the touches like Amos' red nose to convey his cold.  My youngest had much fun searching each page for the red balloon.  This is a great bedtime read about friendship.

2011 saw this book being awarded the Caldecott Medal.  With previous prize winners including Where the Wild Things Are .... this is a great accolade for the husband and wife team.

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Friends come in all shapes and sizes, and for Amos McGee, in all species too! A delightful story about friendship. Winner of the Caldecott Medal in 2011.

Nitty Gritty

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Pages
32
ISBN
978-1596434028

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A Sick Day for Amos McGee 2013-06-15 01:09:19 Kylie Buckley
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Reviewed by Kylie Buckley    June 15, 2013

A Sick Day for Amos McGee

Amos McGee’s day was always regimented. Many zoo friends had come to rely on him. So what happens when Amos gets sick and stays home for the day? His zoo friends certainly don’t let him down. A beautiful story of friendship with equally beautiful illustrations.

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A Sick Day for Amos McGee 2011-08-12 20:28:59 Kate Martin
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Reviewed by kermerter    August 13, 2011
Last updated: August 13, 2011
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Wonderfully charming!

wow what a find, thank you Mybookcorner for having this on your site, I had never heard of this book but thought I would take the plunge and buy it based on this websites review. It is a simply beautiful book. The illustrations are amazing in a simple way and the exact same came be said for the story. I looked at my son's face when I got to the end and he had a little smile that said it all, he had found it totally enchanting.

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