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Tuesday, January 11, 2011
A Sick Day for Amos McGee Wins Prestigious Award
I have not read A Sick Day for Amos McGee, so I am not in a position to criticize. But I will -- sort of. This book, illustrated by Erin E. Stead and written by her husband Philip C. Stead, won the Caldecott Award for 2011 -- that puts it in the same company as Officer Buckle and Gloria, one of my very favorite picture books. I am opposed to books depicting zoos as happy-go-lucky places. Even whimsical drawings that bear no resemblance to actual animals can subliminally give the impression that caged animals are happy. I do not believe that to be true..