A Sick Day for Amos McGee – A Picture Book about Friendship

A Sick Day for Amos McGee- A Picture Book Review from All About Reading

In A Sick Day for Amos McGee, husband-and-wife writing team Philip C. and Erin E. Stead collaborate to bring you a delightful tale of loyalty and friendship.

Every morning, zookeeper Amos McGee swings his legs out of bed and exchanges his plaid pajamas and bunny slippers for a freshly pressed uniform before boarding the number five bus for the City Zoo.

And as always, Amos’s animal friends are always waiting for him.

It doesn’t matter how busy Amos McGee is at work, he always makes time for his friends—sitting quietly with shy Penguin, playing chess with Elephant, and lending Rhinoceros a handkerchief when his allergies flare up.

It’s A Sick Day for Amos McGee

Love & Friendship in Picture Books - A Sick Day for Amos McGee

But one day Amos McGee wakes up with a case of the sniffles and can’t go to work.

Love & Friendship in Picture Books - A Sick Day for Amos McGee

The animals at the City Zoo miss their friend, so they board the number five bus to visit Amos and cheer him up. Perhaps Amos’ friends can be the cure for what’s ailing him. After all, true friends can always make you feel better.

Love & Friendship in Picture Books - A Sick Day for Amos McGee

Is there a picture book about friendship that you love to read? Please tell me about it in the comments below.

Tips for Reading This Book with Your Preschooler:

  • Talk with your preschooler about the things that make him feel better when he’s sick.
  • Talk about the difference between pretend and real. Can elephants play checkers? Does a rhino have allergies? Can zoo animals ride a bus?
  • Take a trip to the zoo. What’s your favorite animal?

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