Stead, P. C. (2010). A sick day for amos mcgee. New York, NY: Roaring Book Press.
A Sick Day for Amos McGee is a story that shows that friendships can come in all shapes and sizes. Amos McGee, a regular visitor to the zoo, stays home extremely sick one day and misses his regular visit. His friends at the zoo miss his dearly, and decide collectively to go help their friend in need.
Grade level: PreK-2nd
Readers who would like this: Children who like the zoo, children who enjoy animal fantasy, children who enjoy unique illustrations
Rating and response: 5; I think that this book is fantastic for teaching children about friendship because it shows that friendship is about support and caring. It shows that friendship, as a concept, has much more depth than many may think, as is much more complex than just meeting and being friends. The illustrations in this text, coupled with the text itself, do a fantastic job of implicitly teaching about the deeper qualities of friendship that come to play when someone is in need, especially through the emotions of the characters in the book. This book is one of my favorites to date!
Question:What are some ways in which you might help a friend who is in need?