The Resource A Sick Day for Amos McGee, written by Philip C. Stead ; illustrated by Erin E. Stead

A Sick Day for Amos McGee, written by Philip C. Stead ; illustrated by Erin E. Stead

Label
A Sick Day for Amos McGee
Title
A Sick Day for Amos McGee
Statement of responsibility
written by Philip C. Stead ; illustrated by Erin E. Stead
Creator
Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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, he woke with the sniffles and the sneezes. Though he didn't make it into the zoo that day, he did receive some unexpected guests. -- From book jacket
Tone
Illustration
Award
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2011
  • Caldecott Medal, 2011.
  • New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books: 2010
Review
  • PreS-Gr. 2 Zookeeper Amos McGee always makes time to visit his good friends at work: he plays chess with the elephant, runs races with the tortoise (who always wins), sits quietly with the penguin, lends a handkerchief to the rhinoceros (who has a runny nose), and reads stories to the owl (who is afraid of the dark). Then, after Amos gets a cold, his friends miss him, and they leave the zoo and ride the bus to his place to care for him and cheer him up. Like the story, the quiet pictures, rendered in pencil and woodblock color prints, are both tender and hilarious. Each scene captures the drama of Amos and the creatures caring for each other, whether the elephant is contemplating his chess moves, his huge behind perched on a stool; or the rhinoceros is lending Amos a handkerchief; or the owl is reading them all a bedtime story. The extension of the familiar pet-bonding theme will have great appeal, especially in the final images of the wild creatures snuggled up with Amos in his cozy home. -- Rochman, Hazel (Reviewed 05-01-2010) (Booklist, vol 106, number 17, p92)
  • K-Gr 2— Amos McGee, an elderly man who works at the zoo, finds time each day for five special friends. With empathy and understanding he gives the elephant, tortoise, penguin, rhinoceros, and owl the attention they need. One morning, Amos wakes up with a bad cold and stays home in bed. His friends wait patiently and then leave the zoo to visit him. Their trip mirrors his daily bus ride to the zoo and spans three nearly wordless spreads. Amos, sitting up in bed, clasps his hands in delight when his friends arrive. The elephant plays chess with him, and the tortoise plays hide-and-seek. The penguin keeps Amos's feet warm, while the rhinoceros offers a handkerchief when Amos sneezes. They all share a pot of tea. Then the owl, knowing that Amos is afraid of the dark, reads a bedtime story as the other animals listen. They all sleep in Amos's room the rest of the night. The artwork in this quiet tale of good deeds rewarded uses woodblock-printing techniques, soft flat colors, and occasional bits of red. Illustrations are positioned on the white space to move the tale along and underscore the bonds of friendship and loyalty. Whether read individually or shared, this gentle story will resonate with youngsters.—Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN --Mary Jean Smith (Reviewed May 1, 2010) (School Library Journal, vol 56, issue 5, p92)
  • /* Starred Review */ With quiet affection, this husband-and-wife team tells the story of a zookeeper whose devotion is repaid when he falls ill. On most days, the angular, elderly Amos rides the bus to the zoo, plays chess with the elephant ("who thought and thought before making a move"), sits quietly with the penguin, and spends time with his other animal friends. But when Amos catches a cold, the animals ride the bus to pay him a visit, each, in a charming turnabout, doing for Amos whatever he usually does for them. The elephant sets up the chessboard; the shy penguin sits on the bed, "keeping Amos's feet warm." Newcomer Erin Stead's elegant woodblock prints, breathtaking in their delicacy, contribute to the story's tranquility and draw subtle elements to viewers' attention: the grain of the woodblocks themselves, Amos's handsome peacock feather coverlet. Every face--Amos's as well as the animals'--brims with personality. Philip Stead's (Creamed Tuna Fish and Peas on Toast) narrative moves with deliberate speed, dreaming up a joyous life for the sort of man likely to be passed on the street without a thought. Ages 2–6. (June) --Staff (Reviewed May 10, 2010) (Publishers Weekly, vol 257, issue 19, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Amos McGee, an elderly zookeeper, enjoys a clockwork life (one teaspoonful of sugar for oatmeal, two for tea and the number five bus to work) until the sniffles force him to stay in bed and miss his daily visits with animal friends. Fragile, gangly Amos, in striped pajamas and ill-fitting zoo uniform, appears as crushingly vulnerable as a child. Children will immediately like and understand him, as they too take comfort in reassuring routines—and would certainly love playing chess with an elephant or running races with a tortoise! Muted greens, browns and blues dominate pages, while brighter yellows and reds leaven the palette's mild melancholy. Erin E. Stead's beautifully wrought woodblock prints and pencil work create almost painfully expressive characters. Wrinkles and crinkles describe the elephant's sagging mass and the rhino's girth, as well as their keen sensitivity. Owl's furrowed brow communicates deep concern even as the group heads to Amos's home to check on him. This gentle, ultimately warm story acknowledges the care and reciprocity behind all good friendships: Much like Amos's watch, they must be wound regularly to remain true. (Picture book. 2-6) (Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2010)
Awards note
  • Charlotte Zolotow Award: Highly Commended
  • Caldecott Medal, 2011
  • Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book, 2011
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
358920
Cataloging source
BTCTA
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Stead, Philip Christian
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • AD580L
  • Decoding indicator: 80 (high)
  • Semantic indicator: 80 (high)
  • Syntactic indicator: 90 (high)
  • Structure indicator: 90 (high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
  • Grades K-4
  • LG
  • LG
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 2
Reading level
  • 3
  • 3.0
  • 3.0
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Stead, Erin E.
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Accelerated Reader AR.
  • Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Zoo keepers
  • Zoo animals
  • Sick
  • Cold (Disease)
  • Friendship
  • Wit and humor, Juvenile
  • Zoo keepers
  • Zoo animals
  • Cold (Disease)
  • Friendship
  • Sick
  • Wit and humor, Juvenile
  • Zoo animals
  • Zoo keepers
Target audience
primary
Label
A Sick Day for Amos McGee, written by Philip C. Stead ; illustrated by Erin E. Stead
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Publication
Copyright
Note
  • "A Neal Porter book."
  • Art technique used: Delicate woodblock prints and fine pencil work
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn466344397
Dimensions
23 x 25 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781596434028
Lccn
2010281493
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9781596434028
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)466344397
Label
A Sick Day for Amos McGee, written by Philip C. Stead ; illustrated by Erin E. Stead
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • "A Neal Porter book."
  • Art technique used: Delicate woodblock prints and fine pencil work
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn466344397
Dimensions
23 x 25 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781596434028
Lccn
2010281493
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9781596434028
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)466344397

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