Fred Stays With Me!

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Told from the point of view of a young child whose parents are divorced, Fred Stays with Me follows a girl and her dog, Fred, from one parent's house to the other's, giving her a sense of continuity and stability. With a simple text and childlike language, the story expresses and addresses a child's concerns, highlights the friendship between child and pet, presents a common ground for the parents, and resolves conflict in a positive way. Tricia Tusa's charming and whimsical artwork adds a light, happy feel to ...
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Overview

Told from the point of view of a young child whose parents are divorced, Fred Stays with Me follows a girl and her dog, Fred, from one parent's house to the other's, giving her a sense of continuity and stability. With a simple text and childlike language, the story expresses and addresses a child's concerns, highlights the friendship between child and pet, presents a common ground for the parents, and resolves conflict in a positive way. Tricia Tusa's charming and whimsical artwork adds a light, happy feel to this poignant--but not overly sentimental--story.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
Libraries and book stores are well stocked with "issue" books designed to help children deal with the life challenges many face, including death, illness, disabilities, and, in this case, divorce. Unfortunately, most of them are contrived, simplistic, cloying, or pompous. This book, with its simple text and clear message, gets it right. It takes the point of view of the child who often feels little or no control, even if the divorce is apparently amicable. We learn the narrator sometimes lives with her mom and sometimes with her dad, leading to a variety of adjustments the child has to make. One thing, however, is constant, she lets us know: "My dog, Fred, stays with me." Children who are caught in this kind of situation are likely to cheer as the little girl puts her foot down. When each of the parents tries to foist the troublesome dog on the other, insisting the dog can't stay with them, she declares: "Excuse me,' I say. ‘Fred doesn't stay with either of you. Fred stays with ME!'" Tusa's sepia-toned, whimsical illustrations help keep the text upbeat.
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3
Coffelt and Tusa have teamed up to create a charming book that meshes text and illustrations seamlessly. A young girl moves back and forth between her divorced parents' homes, along with her canine companion, Fred, who has several bad habits that neither parent appreciates. When the dog wears out his welcome at both homes, the child must forcefully remind the adults that, "Fred stays with me!" and help work out solutions for his naughty behavior. The story unfolds through the voice of the child: "Sometimes I live with my mom. Sometimes I live with my dad. My dog, Fred, stays with me." Her descriptions of what she does at each residence and Fred's constant affection and consistent bad behavior can be read independently by the intended audience. The text, for the most part, appears against a simple white backdrop. Tusa uses gold and brown hues with occasional splashes of red to create a warm tone. The narrator is drawn with a doll-like charm, but it is Fred, with his perky ears and perpetually wagging tail, that holds the most appeal.
—Maura BresnahanCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
The word "divorce" is never uttered in this charming story of a young girl who sometimes lives with her mom, and sometimes with her dad, but who never leaves the side of her affable dog Fred. The differences in the girl's two homes are presented matter-of-factly, as is the common denominator of both household experiences-mom and dad alike are frustrated with Fred by day's end: "What am I going to do with this dog?" each parent asks, as the dog barks at mom's neighbor's poodle or eats dad's socks. When both parents insist the dog can't stay, the little girl, standing in a literal and figurative spotlight, states defiantly, "Excuse me . . . Fred doesn't stay with either of you. Fred stays with ME!" All ends well, as the families devise ways to manage Fred's canine idiosyncrasies. It all sounds simple enough, but Coffelt offers a fresh, villain-free look at a split family-and at a girl who finds strength, love and reassuring consistency in the dear pooch who is all her own. Tusa's winning, soft-edged, autumnally hued watercolor illustrations perfectly complement the quiet story, infusing humor and chaos into the more understated text. A gem. (Picture book. 4-8)
The Barnes & Noble Review
This deceptively modest picture book, Fred Stays with Me, is on the surface a straightforward account of a girl and her divorced parents, who share custody. As our self-confident heroine strides across the cover, we are cued from the very beginning that this not your typical bibliotherapy title. She is swinging her overnight satchel in one hand, with the fingertips of the other hand trailing behind, securely tucked under her dog's chin. Tricia Tusa's whimsical watercolors bathe this optimistic child in warm sepia tones that perfectly balance Coffelt's strong declarative sentences. "Sometimes I live with my mom. Sometimes I live with my dad. But Fred stays with me," says our protagonist. Tusa has created an old-fashioned world with a timeless style of overalls and petticoats, of farmhouse kitchens and tree-hung swings. Fred, a round-bottomed, expressive canine of indeterminate parentage, misbehaves at both of her homes. At her dad's house, Fred steals his socks. At her mom's, he barks uncontrollably at the poodle next door. Both parents are exasperated. These moments of drama contrast with the companions' time together. The very next scene is a pastoral double-page spread in which we observe the little girl and her dog from behind as they perch on a boulder. She states, "Fred is my friend. We walk together. We talk together. When I am happy, Fred is too. And when I'm sad, Fred is there." As conflict with Fred escalates in both homes, Mom declares, "Fred can't stay with me!" Her father says, "Fred can't stay with me!" "Excuse me," says the little girl, "Fred doesn't stay with either of you. Fred stays with ME!" --Lisa Von Drasek
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316077910
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 1/4/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 240,013
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Coffelt is the award-winning author/illustrator of a number of picture books for young readers, including Dogs in Space, Pug in a Truck, and most recently, Big, Bigger, Biggest! She lives with her family in Portland, Oregon. Her website is www.nancycoffelt.com.

Tricia Tusa has written and illustrated several critically-acclaimed picture books, including Wing Nuts: Screwy Haiku; The Magic Hat; and Mrs. Spitzer's Garden. She lives in New Mexico.

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