A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead

Read February 2019
Recommended for older little people who like animals, sick days
★     ★    ★       

Zookeeper Amos is faithfully at the zoo every single day, taking care of the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the rhinoceros, and the owl.

One day he doesn’t show up and the animals wonder and wonder where he is, until they decide to take the bus to his house and check on him. The story is very sweet.

 

 

The illustrations are a style that works less well for me. I think the younger eye is trained a little bit more towards brighter colors and contrasts, and this book feels a little pastel, a little faded.

 

I appreciate it now, but I don’t know about how it will translate to young eyes. We did read it to a visiting 5 year-old who, coincidentally, was coming down with a cold. I appreciated the mouse that made an appearance on most the pages, ala the Lowly the Worm in Richard Scarry’s books. Cute story and one I might have been tempted to add with a stronger palette.

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