A Sick Day for Amos McGee
By Philip C. Stead, Illustrated by Erin E. Stead
A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press 2010
This is one of those quiet stories that goes straight to the heart; it sold well beyond original expectations.
The story is about Amos McGee, a zookeeper, and the animals he cares for. Some animals are shy, some are afraid of the dark and some like to read, all characters in which a child can find him or herself. One day Amos stays home sick. After waiting and waiting for Amos, the animals bus to his house—yes the elephant and rhinoceros, too! They come in and spend their day with Amos. After a cup of tea and bed time story, they pile in Amos’ room and all go to sleep. A perfect book to quiet a child, a perfect book for a sick child.
The illustrations match the book’s tone and humor and won the Caldecott Medal and Best Illustrated Children’s Book Award.