Sick Day for Amos McGee
There can always be more kindness in the world, this book is one of my favorite picture books of all time that moves me to tears every time I get a chance to read it out loud. Amos McGee is a punctual man of routine who works at the zoo. Each day he wakes at the same time, puts on his uniform, has tea and oatmeal, and catches the bus to work. Once there, he looks forward to spending time with his favorite animals: he plays chess with an elephant, runs races with a tortoise, sits quietly with a shy penguin, offers his handkerchief to a rhinoceros with a runny nose, and reads bedtime stories to the owl, who is afraid of the dark. When Amos comes down with a cold, his friends wonder where he is and decide to venture out of the zoo to visit him. They reenact a typical day at the zoo at Amos’s small, cozy home, drink tea, and offer him comfort and companionship while he is sick. Soon it is bedtime, and the animals and Amos all tuck in for the night because another big day at the zoo lies ahead.