Thursday, November 11, 2010

144 - Fred Stays With Me; Nancy Coffelt




















Fred Stays With Me is a touching story about the uncertainty a young girl is experiencing when her parents divorce. She must get use to two homes, two beds, but where ever she goes, so does her dog Fred. As she goes through her daily activities, Fred is by her side. Two houses is an adjustment for Fred as well, and although he doesn't mean to, he tracks mud in the house, eats dad's socks and annoys the neighbor's dog when visiting mom.   Her new life takes some getting use to, but soon she sees, many things in her life stay the same: same school, same friends, and her loyal furry pal Fred always at her side.

The story is told in the first person, and it was just a delight to read. This is a perfect story to reassure children in similar circumstances that although divorce can be scary, many things that are near and dear to children can stay pretty much stay same. Life, although a bit different, can still be fun.  The illustrations, by Tricia Tusa are fabulous.  RECOMMENDED

RATING - 5/5 - Library Book

8 comments:

  1. A very cute cover and very nice book which touches some difficult topics.

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  2. Love your blog.. but I am a "bookie" and former elementary teacher. I am a new follower, thanks for the post and visit!

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  3. I think this book has a really good message, and I am glad to see it's out there. Thanks for sharing it. I know a little girl who needs to read this!

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  4. It is good to know that there are some books out there to help children get their heads around divorce and living between two houses. This one seems charming.

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  5. What a neat take on a difficult topic to write about. I imagine that the constancy of a pet would be helpful for a child going through this situation.

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  6. Absolutely love this idea - what a great book!

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  7. Another book with a great cover! This book does sound good in covering a difficult topic for children like divorce.

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