cover image The Sick Day

The Sick Day

Patricia MacLachlan. Doubleday Books for Young Readers, $12.95 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-385-32150-1

Watercolor illustrations by Jane Dyer lend a new look to Patricia MacLachlan's The Sick Day, originally published in 1979. Restful and happy scenes of Emily's father caring for her while she's under the weather play up the gentle humor and tender tone of the text. When she is feeling better, their roles reverse, and Emily takes care of her ailing father. ( May)