Bound To Stay Bound

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 Sick day for Amos McGee
 Author: Stead, Philip Christian

 Illustrator: Stead, Erin E.

 Publisher:  Roaring Brook Press
 Pub Year: 2010

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 22 x 24 cm.

 BTSB No: 844451 ISBN: 9781596434028
 Ages: 2-6 Grades: K-1

 Subjects:
 Zoos -- Fiction
 Cold (Disease) -- Fiction
 Zoo animals -- Fiction

Price: $21.41

Summary:
The best cure for this zookeeper's cold might just be a visit from his closest friends.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.00
   Points: .5   Quiz: 135897
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 3.60
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 49047

Awards:
 Caldecott Medal, 2011

Common Core Standards 
   Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → Caldecott Medal
   Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
   Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (+) (04/15/10)
   School Library Journal (05/01/10)
   Booklist (05/01/10)
 The Hornbook (05/10)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 05/01/2010 Zookeeper Amos McGee always makes time to visit his good friends at work: he plays chess with the elephant, runs races with the tortoise (who always wins), sits quietly with the penguin, lends a handkerchief to the rhinoceros (who has a runny nose), and reads stories to the owl (who is afraid of the dark). Then, after Amos gets a cold, his friends miss him, and they leave the zoo and ride the bus to his place to care for him and cheer him up. Like the story, the quiet pictures, rendered in pencil and woodblock color prints, are both tender and hilarious. Each scene captures the drama of Amos and the creatures caring for each other, whether the elephant is contemplating his chess moves, his huge behind perched on a stool; or the rhinoceros is lending Amos a handkerchief; or the owl is reading them all a bedtime story. 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. - Copyright 2010 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 05/01/2010 K-Gr 2— Amos McGee, an elderly man who works at the zoo, finds time each day for five special friends. With empathy and understanding he gives the elephant, tortoise, penguin, rhinoceros, and owl the attention they need. One morning, Amos wakes up with a bad cold and stays home in bed. His friends wait patiently and then leave the zoo to visit him. Their trip mirrors his daily bus ride to the zoo and spans three nearly wordless spreads. Amos, sitting up in bed, clasps his hands in delight when his friends arrive. The elephant plays chess with him, and the tortoise plays hide-and-seek. The penguin keeps Amos's feet warm, while the rhinoceros offers a handkerchief when Amos sneezes. They all share a pot of tea. Then the owl, knowing that Amos is afraid of the dark, reads a bedtime story as the other animals listen. They all sleep in Amos's room the rest of the night. The artwork in this quiet tale of good deeds rewarded uses woodblock-printing techniques, soft flat colors, and occasional bits of red. Illustrations are positioned on the white space to move the tale along and underscore the bonds of friendship and loyalty. Whether read individually or shared, this gentle story will resonate with youngsters.—Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN - Copyright 2010 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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