Julia Raucci’s Book Review #2: A Sick Day For Amos McGee

“A Sick Day for Amos McGee” is a children’s book written by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead.

This book is about a man named Amos McGee who works at a zoo. Everyday, he goes to the zoo and visits each animal pen. He plays and talks with the penguins, the rhinos, and many other exotic animals. One day, he is not feeling well and does not attend work. The animals wait all day for him, and decide to visit him at his house. They give him tissues and play hide and seek with him in hopes to make him feel better, just as he makes them feel better everyday.

This is a wonderful book for children, as it teaches them how to be compassionate for others. By using a familiar object, animals, it makes the book comfortable and acceptable for the reader. Children encounter animals everyday, whether it be a pet they own or a bird they see out their window. This makes the lesson seem less foreign and easier to practice in their everyday life. As I previously stated, the theme of this book is how to be compassionate and caring for others.

I, once again, do not have any critiques for this book. I think the text was simple and taught a very important lesson. Actually, I do have one critique but this is just my own opinion. I believe that the pictures should have been brighter. Especially for a young children’s book, I think that the bright pictures would captivate them and help keep their attention longer. Other than that, I think it was a well written book to teach elementary students.

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