Last week I said I'd try to read all of the wonderful posts on Susanna's site sometime before the following Monday. Well, I'm here to report that, well, that just didn't happen. For those of you who said you were trying to do the same, I hope you fared better than I.
That said, I did manage to pass along the Lucky 7 MEME to 7 other writers. And, I did manage to type up a couple of my A to Z in April posts, although there are many to go, and I need to re-do A because I like my first idea better. Did I mention I was trying to plan ahead???
Anyway, on to Perfect Picture Books! This week's title is A Sick Day for Amos McGee. The story is an endearing one of friendship and the illustrations are amazing with so much detail it's incredible. Enjoy!
Title: A Sick Day for Amos McGee
Written by: Philip C. Stead
Illustrated by: Erin E. Stead
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press, 2010
Themes/Topics: Sickness, Friendship
Opening: From the first page: Amos McGee was an early riser. Every morning when the alarm clock clanged, he swung his legs out of bed and swapped his pajamas for a fresh pressed uniform.
Brief Synopsis: Amos McGee is a zookeeper. Every day he tends to the animals in the zoo and plays individual games with each of them. One day, when Amos is too sick to go to work, his friends, the zoo animals, come to see him.
Links to resources/Activities: I would ask children what they would do to help Amos (or anyone) feel better if they were sick. I bet the answers could be pretty funny.
Why I chose this book: This book was recommended to me from our town children's librarian. The story is warm and the friendship is so heartfelt that it just pours through the pages. The illustrations are amazing and so detailed, especially the elephant. I love the way the animals give back to Amos and help him feel better.