Fred Stays With Me!

Fred Stays With Me!

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Overview

A poignant picture book about a young girl, who in the face of her parents' divorce, turns to the one constant in her life-her dog Fred.



Sometimes I live with my mom. Sometimes I live with my dad. But Fred stays with me.



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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316077910
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 01/04/2011
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 290,657
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About 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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Fred Stays with Me 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
adaniel11 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genre: Realistic FictionPoint of View: The story is told from the first person point of view. The main character talks in terms of ¿I & me¿ when she talks about things she is doing. She also talks about ¿my mom and my dad¿ when referring to her parents. Review: The author stays true to the genre of realistic fiction because she has created a believable story about a girl and how she feels being bounced back and forth between her mother and father since they are divorced. She finds comfort in the fact that her dog Fred gets to go with her as she goes back and forth between the two homes.Media: Watercolor
kloupe1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
LOVED this book about about Fred and his best friend. This book is about divorce and it shows the similarities and differences that are apparent in a divorce. In this book, Fred serves as a friend to the narrator through everything and is something that stays concrete when she goes to her mom's or to her dad's. This is a great book for children about divorce because it lets children know that everything doesn't have to be divided because some things are yours and no one can take that.
kowasuza on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A little girl and her dog Fred live with her mother part of the time and with her father the rest of the time. The monochromatic illustrations in browns, beiges, and dark reds simply convey her life with both parents. She is very matter of fact about her situation and seems to enjoy her time with each parent. The only problem is that Fred starts to bother both her parents and then neither of them wants Fred. When she tells them that Fred stays with her, each parent works with her to come up with a solution to their problem with Fred. A wonderful book for children aged 3-6, but better for reading one on one than in a group since the illustrations are delicate and difficult to see from a distance.
kikione on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A beautiful book with an important story to tell. A young girl is shuttled back and forth between divorced parents. Her world is split between two places but the one constant in her life is that her dog, Fred, goes with her where ever she goes. The illustrations are done in sepia tones that warm the heart. The story is told from the girl's point of view and the point is...where she stays...Fred stays.
sunnyburke on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very special book about a little girl who's parents are divorced. She sometimes lives at her mom's house and the other times she lives at her dad's house. No matter where she is, however, Fred is always with her. Fred is a lovable dog that provides friendship, love, and loyalty during a time that can be very uncertain for children. Fred also has a hard time adjusting to the two different houses and eventually drives both the mom and the dad crazy! When the question of where shouod Fred stay comes up, it is quickly answered by the little girl. "Fred stays with me!" This is a great book that can help kids understand what it is like to have two different places to live as a result of a divorce.
Bamulholland on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book about a girl, whose parents are divorced, and her dog, Fred. Fred tears apart her mother and her fathers houses and both of them tell that fred doesnt stay with them, he stays with me. so they each decide to work on Fred's bad behaviors
mchristman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a good example of realistic fiction because it could be true and many people can relate to going back and forth between their parents' houses. The main character lives with her dad sometimes and her mom at others, but she always has her dog Fred with her.Age Appropriateness: Primary
MesserPicks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This would be a fantastic story to read to any child, but especially a child of divorce. This little girl goes back and forth between her mom's and dad's house, but her dog Fred always stays with her. Great story about how she still goes to the same school and has her same friends, she just has two homes. Great meaning behind this cute picture book.
born1990 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genre: Realistic FictionThis book is a good example of realistic fiction because it tells the story about a little girl whose parents are divorced, and while that is tough, she still has her pet, Fred, to be with at all times. This is a story that could be real in our world. The reader easily follows along with the protagonist and her favorite pet dog, Fred. Critique: Style
burke73 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very special book about a little girl who's parents are divorced. She sometimes lives at her mom's house and the other times she lives at her dad's house. No matter where she is, however, Fred is always with her. Fred is a lovable dog that provides friendship, love, and loyalty during a time that can be very uncertain for children. Fred also has a hard time adjusting to the two different houses and eventually drives both the mom and the dad crazy! When the question of where shouod Fred stay comes up, it is quickly answered by the little girl. "Fred stays with me!" This is a great book that can help kids understand what it is like to have two different places to live as a result of a divorce.
smilz23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A small girl takes her dog Fred from Mom's to Dad's house after a divorce. When Mom and Dad try to get rid of Fred because he is messy and loud the girl proclaims that "Fred Stays With Me!"Classroom Connection: In elementary grades this book could help children understand and cope with divorce. Whether they are experiencing divorce themselves or a friend is children will be able to relate to the story as well as enjoying the illustrations.
kimbrady on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Coffelt's picture book tells the story of a young girl whose parents are divorced; she travels from her mom to dad's house, but her dog, Fred, always goes with her. Fred causes trouble with both mom and dad, but the girl reminds them that Fred is HER dog, and he stays with her. Each household devises a plan to help Fred behave while he is there. The setting is vague besides stating that the girl goes to each parent's house, and likes to spend time outdoors with Fred. The illustrations, which are large and muted in color, add detail to the limited text. While the plot revolves around the problem with Fred, kids will also benefit from the overall theme of dealing with divorce. The book points out that while some things change and are very different after divorce (like living in two houses), many things, like school, friends, and pets, stay the same. The girl enjoys doing different things with her mom and dad. This is an easy read, with one or two lines of text per page, and simple language. It would make a good addition to a elementary school library.
mmsharp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The little girl in the book lives with her moms sometimes and sometimes lives with her dad. It's a great book for those kids who deal with living with two different parents who must deal with divorce.
jpeer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A story about a little girl who goes from Mom to Dad and shares the experiences she has but always with Fred. Fred is her dog, best friend and helps her through the changes. I liked this book because it is simple on the illustrations and places more emphasis on the story. I am glad there are stories about divorced parents because it is something that needs to be addressed for children especially since it is a part of many kids lives.
kaitye24 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
great book for those kids who deal with living with two different parents. great pictures
HollyRogers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Fred stays with me!" is a book about a little girl whose parents are divorced and how no matter where she is Fred her dog goes with her. The dog becomes troublesome and the parents tell the little girl that Fred can stay with them anymore and the little girl sets them straight by explaining to them that Fred stays with her not them! This book is adorable and puts a smile on my face every time I read it. It¿s a great honest way to look at divorce in villain free way.I would use this book as reading assignment where I'd read the book to the students and have them go into the one thing that they wouldn't ever want to live without!
Alexandra1600 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Insightful and loving book introduces reader to Fred, loyal doggy companion that follows daughter whether she's staying at her mother's or her father's home.
klsulliv on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
How many people would say their dog is their best bud? Well, in "Fred Stays With Me," the main character, the little girl, identifies her dog as her best friend. While reading this book, one starts to realize that sometimes people have to just adjust or adapt to situations to help or benefit others around them that their care about. In this story, the little girl's parents kept complaining about the dog because he kept doing things they did not approve of. The little girl told them after her parents said that the dog could not stay with them anymore, that the dog stays with her! This is when the parents realized that they could help improve their situations with the dog if they just changed something. So, instead of the dog chewing on the father's socks, he put them away and bought the dog a chew toy. The mother came up with a plan for Fred, the dog, to make friends with the dog next store he always used to bark at to get Fred to stop making so much noise barking. This book can also help a child cope when his or her parents are going through a divorce. This book sets an example for the child that having a friend who "stays with you" can benefit you and help you get through the hard times.
taramankin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
With divorced parents, a young girl takes comfort in knowing that she will always have a friend with her dog Fred. She lives with her mom sometime and with her dad sometime but always has Fred at both homes. Sometimes Fred gives trouble but the young girl finds a solution to Fred's nonsense. This is a great book to share with young children with divorced parents.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago