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A Sick Day for Amos McGeeby Philip Christian Stead
Synopses & Reviews
The Best Sick Day Ever and the animals in the zoo feature in this striking picture book debut.
Friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In Amos McGee's case, all sorts of species, too! Every day he spends a little bit of time with each of his friends at the zoo, running races with the tortoise, keeping the shy penguin company, and even reading bedtime stories to the owl. But when Amos is too sick to make it to the zoo, his animal friends decide its time they returned the favor.
"With quiet affection, this husband-and-wife team tells the story of a zookeeper whose devotion is repaid when he falls ill. On most days, the angular, elderly Amos rides the bus to the zoo, plays chess with the elephant ("who thought and thought before making a move"), sits quietly with the penguin, and spends time with his other animal friends. But when Amos catches a cold, the animals ride the bus to pay him a visit, each, in a charming turnabout, doing for Amos whatever he usually does for them. The elephant sets up the chessboard; the shy penguin sits on the bed, "keeping Amos's feet warm." Newcomer Erin Stead's elegant woodblock prints, breathtaking in their delicacy, contribute to the story's tranquility and draw subtle elements to viewers' attention: the grain of the woodblocks themselves, Amos's handsome peacock feather coverlet. Every face — Amos's as well as the animals' — brims with personality. Philip Stead's (Creamed Tuna Fish and Peas on Toast) narrative moves with deliberate speed, dreaming up a joyous life for the sort of man likely to be passed on the street without a thought. Ages 26. (June)" (Starred Review) Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information)
"Erin E. Stead's beautifully wrought woodblock prints and pencil work create almost painfully expressive characters...This gentle, ultimately warm story acknowledges the care and reciprocity behind all good friendships." Starred Review Kirkus Reviews
"If you want to give a child a book that will remain with them always (and lead to decades of folks growing up and desperately trying to relocate it with the children's librarians of the future) this is the one that you want. Marvelous." Fuse # 8 blog
"It's hard to believe that this is Erin Stead's first children's book — her woodcut and oil-ink artwork is so warmly appealing that she seems like an old pro." Time Out New York Kids
"Like the story, the quiet pictures, rendered in pencil and woodblock color prints, are both tender and hilarious… The extension of the familiar pet-bonding theme will have great appeal, especially in the final images of the wild creatures snuggled up with Amos in his cozy home." Booklist
"Thick, creamy paper and a muted palette add to the gentle resonance of a story that ends with everyone tucked in at last for a sweet night's sleep." Washington Post
"Erin Stead's attentively detailed pencil and woodblock illustrations reveal character and enhance the cozy mood of Philip Stead's gentle text." Horn Book Magazine
"Whether read individually or shared, this gentle story will resonate with youngsters." School Library Journal
In this Junior Library Guild selection, Amos McGee is too sick to make it to the zoo, so his animal friends decide to return the favor and visit him, making it the best sick day ever. Full color.
THE BEST SICK DAY EVER and the animals in the zoo feature in this striking picture book debut.
Friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In Amos McGees case, all sorts of species, too! Every day he spends a little bit of time with each of his friends at the zoo, running races with the tortoise, keeping the shy penguin company, and even reading bedtime stories to the owl. But when Amos is too sick to make it to the zoo, his animal friends decide its time they returned the favor.
A Sick Day for Amos McGee is the winner of the 2011 Caldecott Medal.
This beautifully illustrated, fun read-aloud picture book will have kids everywhere asking the same question: "Where, bear?"
Once there was a bear cub who lived with a little boy. But over time the bear cub grew . . . and grew . . . and GREW! And did things that bears do . . . and do . . . and DO! One day the boy looked at the bear and realized he was just too big and bearish to be living in a house. "I think it's time we found you a new place to live where you can be bearish and big," said the boy. "But where, bear?"
So begins a delightful journey that reminds us that even when best friends are apart, they always stay together.
Praise for WHERE BEAR?:
* "[N]othing short of magnificent. Each page is absolutely charming and begs to be looked at again and again."Library Media Connection, starred review
"[A] winsome debut . . . The catchy refrain, 'Then where, bear?,'and Henns sophisticated matte-toned illustrations make for a zippy take on the 'finding your place' genre."New York Times Book Review
"This gentle tale about friendship and home will give early readers and their grown-ups plenty of food for discussion."Kirkus Reviews
A sweet and poignant story of friendship, from acclaimed short-story writer Ben Loory
The baseball player has it all—money, fame, and success. But something is missing. He doesnt know what it is until he goes to the zoo and sees a walrus. What a splendid creature! Surely it could bring joy to his life. With happiness just a walrus away, the baseball player sets out to create the perfect enclosure for his new friend. Hes even willing to give up his job to be with the walrus. But without a job, he wont be able to afford his new friends care and keeping. And without the walrus, he wont be able to smile. Luckily, theres a compromise to be had and a walrus just waiting to be reunited with his resourceful friend.
About the Author
Philip C. Stead and Erin E. Stead, both authors and artists, divide their time between Ann Arbor, Michigan, and New York City. Philip is the author and illustrator of Creamed Tuna Fish and Peas on Toast. This is their first book together.
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