Title: A Sick Day for Amos McGee
Author: Philip C. Stead
Illustrator: Erin E. Stead
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Concepts: human resources, jobs
As reliable as rain, Amos McGee is always at his job at the city zoo bright and early. Although the zookeeper has plenty of responsibilities, Amos always makes time for his particular friends, the elephant, tortoise, penguin, rhinoceros, and owl, doing things to make them happy, whether that be playing chess or reading books. But one day, Amos wakes up sick and most stay home. To help him weather his cold, the elephant, tortoise, penguin, rhinoceros, and owl come to his house to cheer him up.
This simply told story is complemented by grayscale pencil drawings with just a splash of color, proving that sometimes less really is more. Together, this husband and wife team have created what is sure to become a classic.
Although the story’s main focus is on friendship and kindness, this book allows adults to talk to children about simple economic concepts as well. Children can be introduced to the exciting job of a zookeeper and will learn that sometimes adults need sick days, too!
Review by: The Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children