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Fred Stays with Me!

by Nancy Coffelt
Illustrated by Tricia Tusa

Published by Little, Brown, 2007
32 pages
ISBN: 9780316882699

Ages 4-7

A little girl stays part of each week at her momís and part at her dadís. No matter where she is, her dog, Fred, stays, too. But Fred has issues. At her momís he barks at the neighborís dog . . a lot. At her dadís he steals socks . . . all of them. He can be masterful at making messes, too. Now neither parent wants Fred to stay at their home. Nancy Coffelt takes a realistic look at a child who has learned to navigate the demands of her parentsí divorce with relative ease but relies onóand asserts her need foróthe friend who is a constant in the midst of all the change. A little creative problem solving and behavior modification is the key in this spare, ultimately upbeat story. Tricia Tusaís illustrations deftly blend a subdued palette with whimsical lines to create images that are neither somber nor too lighthearted.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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