Reference: Stead, P. C., Stead, E. E. (2010). A sick day for Amos McGee. New York, NY: Roaring Brook Press.
Brief Annotation: Amos McGee is a keeper at the local zoo. He has many animal friends and he takes excellent care of them, they love Amos. One day, Amos wakes up sick and can not make it into work. The animals at the zoo panic without Amos. It is their mission to find Amos and return the favor of kindness.
Grade Level: K-3rd Grade
Readers who would like this book: I think readers who love animals as well as stories about friendship will enjoy this book. The illustrations are so fun to look at, and the message of the book is one to remember.
Rating and Response: I give this book a 5/5. I love the message behind the story, and I love how every page has the tinniest details in the illustrations. It is so fun to read and look at.
Text- Dependent Question: What kind of animals does Amos take care of? What problem did each animal have?
Strategy: Interactive Read-Aloud. I would select this book, review the book, introduce the book, read the book interactively, and involve students in after reading activities. I would have the students make and revise predictions at pivotal points in the story, as well as talk about what the students visualize. (p. 54-55).
Tompkins, G. E. (2013). 50 literacy strategies: Step by step. New Jersey: Pearson Education Inc.
This strategy is great because it allows the students to work on book based learning. It could be just comprehension through group discussion or it could be group assignments.