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A Sick Day for Amos McGee

A Sick Day for Amos McGee is a Caldecott Medal winner and New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book Award winner for youngsters 4 through 8. It is the creation of a talented husband-and-wife team: writer Philip C. Stead and illustrator Erin E. Stead. He has come up with an endearing tale of friendship and the reciprocal nature of kindness that has universal appeal. She has fashioned wonderful characters and rendered the story with soft colors.

Book cover: A Sick Day for Amos McGeeZookeeper Amos McGee always has plenty of time to be truly present with his animal friends. He plays chess with the elephant, runs races with the tortoise, sits quietly with the penguin, lends a handkerchief to the rhinoceros and reads stories to the owl. When Amos is sick one day, the animals really miss him. But then they come up with a plan that makes them all feel good (Roaring Brook Press).


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