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A Sick Day for Amos McGee

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.

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If You Want to See a Whale

If You Want to See a Whale
by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin E. Stead
Roaring Book Press, 2013

Illustrated in the innocence of a child, a young boy, his dog and bird decide they want to see a whale.  Patiently they look out upon the ocean, allowing life to happen around them, distracting themselves with their imaginations, until on the very last page they see a whale, but it is not what they expected the whale to look like.  They study what they see.

This gentle story speaks to the heart, inviting it to be patient and open to what one sees.   For when we look with expectations, we may miss the beauty before us.  The story opens the minds of readers to be aware of the richness around them.

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