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A sick day for Amos McGee


Need a sweet, dreamy bedtime story?
This is the book my daughter is asking to read more often before bed lately. It’s a famous one, published in 2010, illustrated by the very much loved Erin E.Stead.
I have to say I am not a fan of zoos and of books involving zoos, and we never took our children to the zoo (true story:)
BUT, I make some exceptions for very good books:)

O, the reason why I don't like zoos is quite obvious, I don't like to see animals in cages.
And I don't want to normalise captivity with my children, letting them feel that it's fine and normal to keep animal there for our amusement.
There are plenty of non-fiction books and documentaries where they can learn about animals.
To see living animals they will need to travel:)

I am sure many many of you you will not be so 'strict', but that's who I am. We can live without zoos.

But let's go back to our supersweet (ghost) zoo..!

The story is super simple: Amos is a (oh-so-sweet!) elderly man working in the city zoo. He lives a very methodical and happy life taking care of the animals until one day he gets sick and is forced to stay in bed.
The animals will then of course take the first bus to visit their friend Amos and take care of him ❤️

The story is just the right length to say goodnight, the narration is delicate and gently ironic, while Erin E.Stead accompanies her husband’s words with her usual elegant illustrations. They both speak the language of children, telling a finally abstract, totally reassuring story.

The zoo is an impalpable place, it just gives the opportunity to dream about a dimension where human beings and animals can be friends in a way that children can understand.

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A sick day for Amos McGee [available in 🇮🇹Il raffreddore di Amos Perbacco]
By Philip C.Stead
Illustrated by Erin E.Stead
Reading age: 3+
Themes: Friendship, Generosity, Teaching kindness







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