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A Sick Day for Amos McGee Hardcover – May 25, 2010
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|"Hooray! My friends are here!"||Taking the bus to see Amos|
|The elephant prepared a game of chess.||The penguin sat quietly, keeping Amos's feet warm.|
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Top Customer Reviews
Each morning it's the same. Amos McGee gets out of bed, puts on his uniform, and goes to his job as zookeeper in the City Zoo. Amos takes his job very seriously. He always makes sure to play chess with the elephant, run races with the tortoise, sit quietly with the penguin, blow the rhino's runny nose, and tell stories to the owl at dusk. Then one day Amos wakes up sick and has to stay in bed. The animals, bereft of his presence, decide something must be done. So they pick themselves up and take the bus to Amos's house to keep him company for a change. And after everyone helps him out, Amos reads them all a story and each one of them tucks in for the night.Read more ›
Amos McGee is an older gentleman (in the truest sense of the term) who lives in a little house sandwiched between two high-rise apartment buildings (a nod to Virginia Lee Burton's The Little House, I presume). Each morning after a bit of oatmeal and tea, Amos heads out in a fresh-pressed uniform to begin his workday at the City Zoo. It is clear from the first glimpse that this zoo is atypical: outside the gate, sitting high in a branch of a tree on the sidewalk, sits a monkey as comfortable as can be; inside the gate we can see a giraffe frolicking on the wide lawn. It doesn't appear that these animals reside in the usual enclosures. Indeed, the animals seem to enjoy a life more akin to a fancy retirement community. We discover that Amos spends his days playing chess with the elephant, running races with the tortoise, sitting quietly with the shy penguin, soothing the rhino's runny nose, and reading bedtime tales to the owl.Read more ›
I highly recommend this book for toddlers and preschoolers. LOVE IT!
I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to sharing it with my children. As a child, I would have loved imaging befriending the animals in this story. As a parent, I hope my children are surrounded by such thoughtful friends.
The story begins with an older man who wakes up alone and makes his way by bus to his job at the zoo. He befriends animals there who begin to look forward to his arrival. He seems like a gentle soul. When he doesn't arrive for work the next day, the animals decide to take the bus to see him. The end up caring for him at his home.
My one knock on this book is a personal one - animals are seen doing human-like acts, which I think confuses young children. But I know some adults think this is fun for the kids.
So the story is gentle which appeals to me, but what really knocks my socks off is the illustrations. It's the first by this woman, the author's wife, and I hope she does more. I was so intrigued by the face of the man she drew, and the animals look very realistic. I really enjoyed this aspect of the book.
Great for ages 4-8.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful pictures and a sweet story make this story a pleasure to read (over and over!).Published 11 days ago by Sasha Z.
We love this book !!!! Beautifully illustrated with detail ! My little ones love reading this sweet story .over and over ...Published 2 months ago by Carrie
There is nothing I can add that hasn't already been better said by other reviewers.
I bought this for my 2.5 year old (and myself), used, on Amazon. Read more
The illustrations in this book are wonderful, but it seemed like sort of a rip off of Sam Who Never Forgets, an all time favorite from the early mists of time. Read morePublished 3 months ago by TL
One of our favorites. Amos is endearing and so are his friends. Nice story before bed with it's calm tone that ends with going to bed.Published 3 months ago by Leigh
One of our favorite books! The story is charming and the illustrations are absolutely beautiful. This book is a must for any child's library!Published 3 months ago by Courtney N