Really good children's books have a much broader audience than just kids. The artwork and messages in these books that may seem simplistic at first can actually have a much more profound meaning when we take the time to appreciate them.
Each year a new children’s picture book earns the highly distinguished Caldecott medal. This golden stamp that adorns the jacket cover is an award for the illustrator’s captivating work of art.
One of our favorite Caldecott medal winners is an endearing book called A Sick Day for Amos McGee. Erin Stead is the talented illustrator who created this book in cooperation with author/husband, Philip Stead.
An Endearing Story of Friendship
The story is about a zookeeper named Amos who lovingly cares for the animals day in and day out. But what happens when Amos is sick and needs a caretaker himself? Well, the elephant, rhinoceros, turtle and other zoo creatures step up to the plate and deliver a heartwarming display of friendship and compassion.
When sharing this story with your kids, soak in the details of the woodblock and hand drawing illustrations. The delicate sketches and hints of color complement the storyline perfectly.
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