Monday, July 18, 2011

A Sick Day for Amos McGee

Stead, P. (2010). A sick day for amos mcgee. New York: Roaring Brook Press.

This book is a 2011 Caldecott Award winner for illustrations by Erin E. Stead.

Exposition: Amos McGee is a zookeeper who makes time for his animal friends each day he goes to work.  He is always on time and always stops by to visit each animal.
Conflict: One day Amos McGee wakes up and realizes he is sick.
Rising Action: Amos decides not to go to work that day.  The animals wait for him to show up.
Climax: The animals decide that they should go check on Amos. So the elephant, the turtle, the penguin, the rhinoceros and the owl all board a bus to see what is wrong with Amos.
Falling Action: When the animals get to Amos' house they see that he is sick, so they do everything for him that he has always done for them.
Resolution: Amos begins to feel better, so the owl reads him a bedtime story, and then they all turn in so that they will be ready to head back to the zoo early the next morning.

Erin Stead does a wonderful job with the illustrations, giving the book an old-fashioned feel. She creates her illustrations with pencil and woodblock printing. The illustrations do an excellent job of establishing the setting of the story, bouncing from the home to the zoo and then back to the home of Amos. As you read the book, you see there is a mouse and a little bird that appear, although they do not have a role in the book.  This would be something that young readers would enjoy looking for.

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