Sick Day for Amos McGee: Philip Christian Stead

A Sick Day for Amos McGee

  • Author: Philip Christian Stead

  • Illustrator: Erin Stead

  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

  • Publication Year: 2010

  • Brief Summary: When Amos McGee, an elderly but devoted zookeeper, falls ill, his friends find ways to take care of him for a change.

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  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:

    • Good read-aloud about unlikely friendships

    • What does loyalty mean to you?

    • Different personalities of the animals — which one do you identify with?  Are you shy like the penguin?  Afraid of the dark like the owl?  Preservering like the turtle?

    • When you feel sick, what cheers you up?  Is there anything special your parents/friends do for you?

    • The illustrator uses woodblock prints in this book.  Collaborate with the art teacher (if the school has one) in creating a simple woodblock print project the students can do during their library time.  Choose one of the animals from the book to make.  Students can create their own little book by sharing each other’s woodblocks.

  • Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.

    • Text-to-self connections

    • Related arts

  • Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.:

  • Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library

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