Amos McGee is a zookeeper who always makes sure to take good care of his animal friends: the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the rhinoceros, and the owl. One day, Amos is too sick to go to work, and his friends decide to come visit him to help cheer him up and to take care of him the way he always takes care of them.
This book is an adorable, heartwarming tale of friends taking care of each other. Erin E. Stead’s illustrations are well-deserving of the Caldecott medal. Her simple and absurd yet realistic pencil drawings coupled with her spare use of color, which draws attention to important details, bring this powerful friendship story to life. Philip C. Stead’s matter-of-fact, cheerful prose pairs beautifully with the illustrations to make a memorable and thoroughly enjoyable book that both young children and their parents will enjoy.