Sunday, February 6, 2011

score one for kindness

A Sick Day for Amos McGee won the 2011 Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished children's picture book published last year. When a kind zookeeper calls in sick to work one day, all of the animals he cares so tenderly for pay him a surprise visit to return the favor. There's kind of a Rockwellian aura to the pencil drawings and a humble, magical Mr. Rogers way about the story. I can see why it won the award and why children love it: it has a heart as big as an elephant.
(A Sick Day for Amos McGee, written by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead. Roaring Book Press, 2010)

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