Monday, April 28, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 9

Picture Book: A Sick Day for Amos McGee

Author: Philip C. Stead

Illustrator: Erin E. Stead

Summary: Amos is a volunteer at a zoo where he has daily rituals with specific animals. The day he doesn’t show up, a group of his animal friends ride the bus to his home to check on him and engage in those important rituals, some of which they have to amend.

Hanna’s Comments: This story is full of ministry applications because Amos and the animals are so attentive and present with one another in their rituals. Plus, the story and illustrations are hilarious! It would be a wonderful gift for someone who is recuperating.

Publisher & Date of Publication: Roaring Brook Press, 2010

Age and Grade Appropriateness: 3 and up, Preschool and up

# of Pages: 32

Available in Spanish? Not at present

Formats other than Book: Audio book

PBT Category: Award Winner (Caldecott Medal), Post 2K

PBT Topics this Book connects with: acceptance, action, affection, attentiveness/ observation/seeing, authenticity, belonging, body of Christ, bonds/connections/connectedness, call/calling/vocation, caring/tending, commitment, community, dependence/interdependence, differences, disabilities/handicaps/limitations, diversity, encouragement, friends/friendship, fruit/fruit of the spirit, goodness, helping, healing/healthcare, humility, image of God, kindness, kingdom of God, love, memories/remembering/ritual /tradition, mission, outreach, pacifism/peace/peaceful/peacemakers/peaceable kingdom, patience, pleasing God/the Shema, presence, quiet/silence, relationships, respect, reverence, satisfaction, servanthood/service/serving, steadfastness, unity, variety

Scripture Connections: the Woman at the Well (John 4), 3 of the Beatitudes - for the meek, the merciful, and the pure in heart (Matthew 5)

Idea(s) for Application: Stephen Ministry (or any caregiving) Training

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