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Fred Stays with Me!by Nancy Coffelt
Synopses & Reviews
Apart from sticker burrs and sand fleas, Cardelland#8217;s life is mostly wonderful. He knows heand#8217;s loved through and through by his perfectly good mama and his perfectly good daddy. They live in different parts of the desert, but thatand#8217;s okayand#8212;Cardell is mostly used to it. Then Otis comes calling, and Cardell feels aand#160;grrr form in his throat. Otis canand#8217;t make jalapeand#241;o flapjacks or play Zig-the-Zag anything like Cardelland#8217;s daddy. And so Cardell waits for Mama to say "Adiand#243;s, Otis." But what will happen if she doesnand#8217;t?
Newbery Honor winner Kathi Appelt and best-selling illustrator Jill McElmurry (Little Blue Truck)and#160;offer an endearing, accessible picture book about accepting a new step-parent and appreciating everything that makes one's own family special.
Fred Stays with Me! is an award-winning story that follows a young girl who turns to the one constant in her life, her dog Fred, in the face of her parents' divorce.
In this poignant but not overly sentimental story, Coffelt's accessible and kid-friendly language alongside Tusa's charming artwork create a light, cheerful, and reassuring mood that will comfort any child who has two homes.
Told from the point of view of a young child whose parents are divorced, this story follows a girl and her dog, Fred, from one parents house to the others. With a simple text and childlike language, the story expresses and addresses a childs concerns. Full color.
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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