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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 comm...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Summary: Divorce isn't easy, but it helps when you have a friend like Fred. But Fred likes to steal socks and make a mess, and Mom and Dad are mad that Fred is such a troublemaker! If Fred can't stay with Mom or Dad, who will he stay with?

Of course, the answer is "with me!" meaning the young narrator of this cute picture book. This is a good concept book and the letterbox-style, autumn color-tinted illustrations give the story a cozy feel.
 (NS) Amie
Fred Stays With Me! is a cute story about a girl who sometimes stays with her dad and sometimes stays with her mom, but her dog, Fred, always stays with her! While her stays with her parents are different, bunk bed vs. single bed and pizza vs. peanut butter sandwiches, the one thing that stays the same is that Fred gets in trouble. He barks at dogs and chews up socks to the point where the little girl's parents exclaim, "Fred can't stay with me!" The little girl quickly makes her feelings clear...more
Fred Stays with Me by Nancy Coffelt and illustrated by Trica Tusa (2007)
Picture Book, 32 pages
Living at each parent’s respective home, the protagonist in Fred Stays with Me gets picked up and dropped off between divorced parents. Her adjustment to the lifestyle and separation seems to be going well because of Fred, her constant dog companion who shares her travels, while creating a disaster in his wake at both parents’ homes. As parents fight over who has to take Fred, the main character confide...more
Fred Stays with Me by Nancy Coffelt and illustrated by Tricia Tusa is a story of a girl, who is never named, that has two homes but her dog Fred stays with her. "Sometimes I live with my mom. Sometimes I live with my dad." The girl always has Fred by her side, but Fred is causing trouble, barking at the neighbor's poodle or stealing all of dad's socks. Both mom and dad have had enough with Fred and say "Fred can't stay with me!" The girl responds with "Excuse me … Fred doesn't stay with either o...more
Amy Musser
Sometimes the little girl in this book stays with her mother and sometimes she stays with her father. But it doesn’t matter if she sleeps in the bunk bed at one house or the regular bed at the other, Fred stays with her. In a matter-of-fact fashion, the girl explains how her life works with her separated parents. Although she points out the differences in her two homes, she also points out the things that stay the same. She has the same friends, goes to the same school, and both her parents are...more
The nameless main character of this story has divorced parents. Sometimes she lives with mom and sometimes she lives with dad--but her dog, Fred always stays with her. While coping with divorce is not the main intention of this book, it does shed light on an important aspect. Children need consistency and Fred was able to offer a sense of consistency for this character. The brown, red, sepia tones of the illustrations contributed to the calm feel of the book.

Great story that is sure to offer com...more
4.5 STARS A thoughtful and sensitive look at how divorce affects one little girl. Thought it's clear that she loves both her parents, and both her homes, and that she is well loved by each we can also sense the difficulties and frustrations of having two separate but related lives. Fred, her dog, is the one constant as, no matter where she goes, Fred stays with her. I think this is a smart and delicate book on a difficult subject. The illustrations are wonderful!
Martiah Rall
In this story a little girl had a dog named Fred who lives with her whether she is at her moms house or at her dads house. Though, at both houses Fred gets into trouble by either barking at the neighbor poodle or stealing socks. After the parents get fed up the little girl comes up with solutions to both problems so everyone is happy.

The first point that stood out to me is the bigger issue at hand, which is divorce. I think Fred plays as a fill-in position for whichever parent is missing from th...more
A little girl who shares one home with her mother and another home with her father, seems to live two separate lives. One thing stays the same, however, and that is her dog Fred. This is a cute story for children who are struggling to understand what a divorce will mean for them, and for parents who sometimes need a wake up call!
Courtney Dyer
Fred Stays with Me! is a charming story that uses kid-friendly language to make light of a child dealing with a split family. Simple text paired with Tusa’s autumn-toned, watercolor illustrations is sure to warm the hearts of all of its readers.

This is the story of a little girl who sometimes lives with her mom and sometimes lives with her dad, but regardless of whose house she is at and how much trouble he causes, Fred- her dog, stays with her.

This is a sweet story about a young girl’s necessar...more
Sep 20, 2007 Alia rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: children with divorced parents
Shelves: childrens
Amid the confusion of living with divorced parents, a pet dog provides consistancy for a little girl. The book is reassuring without being overbearing.
Paul Farbman
Apr 17, 2014 Paul Farbman rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Preschool - third grade
Fred Stays With Me is a story about a little girl whose parents are divorced. While she stays with both of her parents at different times, her dog gets to stay with her. The dog, Fred, is the girl's best friend, comfort, and stability in dealing with her family situation.

I like that the main character is assertive with her parents as they are arguing over who Fred can stay with. This can teach even adults a lesson about putting their children first.

The viewer can tell that the book is about the...more
lovely story about a girl, her dog and divorce. I love the sepia toned illustrations in this book.
This story is set in the viewpoint of a girl dealing with her parent's divorce and her bouncing back and forth from each of her prospective parents houses. However, this story touches home with me. I am not divorced but I am a single mother of a beautiful, little girl. Her father is recently in the picture and I see how the changes are affecting her. Her father and I are not together. We both have our own lives. In this story, the girl deals with her parents divorce because of her dog, Fred. Fre...more
Great story for kids of divorce.
Fred Stays With Me!
Nancy Coffelt
Publisher and Year:
Little, Brown and Company, 2007
Genre: Fiction; Families
Ages: 4 - 7

This book is about a little girl who's parents are divorced. She spends some of her time with her mom and some of her time with her dad. The story takes place at both of these houses. The girl goes back and forth, but Fred, her dog, is always with her. Fred and the girl do everything together, and he is her constant in her tumultuous world. However, Fred star...more
Casey Strauss
Fred Stays with Me! Written by Nancy Coffelt and illustrated by Tricia Tusa tells the story of a little girl who is adjusting to her parents’ divorce. With the separation comes some big changes, she now has two homes where she splits up her time. But wherever the little girl goes, her dog Fred goes with her, he is her constant in her new world. As she tells the reader at one point, “When I’m happy, Fred is, too. And when I’m sad, Fred is there”. Unfortunately, her parents are having a hard time...more
Tracy Katz
Fred Stays With Me by Nancy Coffelt , illustrated by Tricia Tusa, is an endearing portrayal of a young girl sharing time with each of her divorced parents. She has different beds, meals, and different activities at each home. The constant in her life is her dog Fred who goes with her everywhere. Even when Fred causes trouble she reminds her parents that Fred “stays with me” and works with each parent to find resolution and overcome his bad habits. This is a touching story that in its simple and...more
Fred Stays with Me! is about a little girl whose parents are divorced, she talks about her two homes while telling all about her dog Fred and what they do together at each parent’s house. Fred is obviously a close companion to the girl that gives her a feeling of stability and comfort, and he holds an important place with at her mom’s house and at her dad’s. At one point, both parents have a problem with Fred and instead of a conflict ensuing, thanks to the little girl, they resolve the situatio...more
Shauna Masura
Fred Stays With Me! by Nancy Coffelt offers a tender look at the complicated life of a child with separated parents. Although our spirited protagonist finds herself bounced between houses, Fred the dog always comes with to offer a sense of continuity. Readers get the impression that Fred and his faithful owner have carved out a life of their own within their dynamic environment. However, once Fred starts acting up in each household, an argument ensues over who will take Fred. Luckily our protago...more
Fred Stays with Me is a picture book about a little girl, her dog, and her parents who share custody. This is a tough subject to write about and it isn't appropriate for, or even intended for, every family. However, there are many children and parents looking for comforting stories to help them deal with the challenges of shared custody. As a single parent, this story's underlying message of consistency, understanding, and empowerment deeply resonated with me.

In Fred Stays with Me, a little girl...more
Oh how I loved this book! Wish it had been around when I was going through a divorce because this book certainly sheds an understanding light on divorce from a childs view. A young girl (who is never named) lives part time with each parent. She understands that her parents are divorced and that she has to spend time with each of them at different points but one thing remains the same....her dog Fred is always with her. When she is living with her DAD, Fred is there even though her Dad is tired o...more
This adorable narrative is about the adventures (and mischief) a family pet, Fred, gets into between homes from the perspective of a young girl. The narrator, a daughter of divorced parents, is aware that although she sometimes stays with her mom and sometimes stays with her dad, her dog, Fred, always stays with her. The author, Nancy Coffelt, makes sure to address certain questions readers may wonder about the main character (ex. she still goes to the same school and has the same friends) and e...more

Whether a child only sees one parent on holidays and summer vacation or whether both parents live in the same town and a child sees both parents frequently, divorce is hard on everyone. So much changes and for children, especially young children, the transitions from household to household can be overwhelming. Fred Stays with Me is a children's book that shows how some things can stay the same even though mom and dad are no longer living in the same house.

Through simple text and gently portrayed...more
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Role of illustrations in this book: I liked that these illustrations were in monocromatic shades of brown, allowing the reader to project their own colors, or life experience, onto the story.
Age appropriate for: Ages 3 to adult.

Characters: A little girl, her dog Fred, her mom and her dad.
Plot: A little girl tells of her experience with her dog of living in two households, one with her mom and the other with her dad. Sometimes her dog would cause trouble and mak...more
Misty Kincade
Literary Awards:
ALA Notable Children's Book for Younger Readers (2008)
Horn Book Honor Award
According to AR
Book Level: 1.8
Interest Level: Lower Grades (K-3)

Fred Stays With Me! is told from the point of view of a young girl whose parents are divorced. The young girl narrating the story invites the reader into her world, moving from one parent's house to the other. The only constant in her life is her lovable dog, Fred. In this story the importance of companionship while dealing with conflict is em...more
Mary Ann
This simple but powerful picture book shows a young girl who travels between her mom's home and her dad's home. She spends nights at both homes, but Fred her dog stays with her, traveling to both parents' homes. I love how this shows the little girls' family life as ... just accepted. She has the same friend, the same school - but one of her rooms has a bunk bed and the other has a regular bed.
"At my mom's, Fred barks at the poodle next door. At my dad's Fred steals socks. But Fred always time...more
Why this book? This adds to the collection of family books that address a non-traditional, divorced family

Genre: Picture Books

Theme/Keywords: Divorce, Pets, Non-traditional families

Characteristics of quality: Students will be drawn in to the book by the illustrations that strongly support narrative and naturalistic language of the text.

Special Features: Illustrated in warm simple watercolor sepia tones, the charming pictures highlight the muted dialogue of the book

Gender of primary character: Fe...more
This is a humorous and touching story of a girl and her dog, Fred. She is a child of divorce and Fred travels with her from parent to parent. Fred gets into some trouble at both houses but when both parents are sick of dealing with his problems, she must remind them that Fred is hers and will be with her wherever she is staying. Both parents help Fred with his problems so that he can stay with her. The story is told from the girl's point of view. My favorite line is: "Fred is my friend. We walk...more
Kari Weber
Sometimes kids are placed in the middle of a divorce without much say in the matter. This book follows a young girl as she goes back and forth between her mom and dad’s homes. Her primary constant in life is a dog named Fred. Throughout the book, the girl describes her life at each house and shares what her beloved pet does when she visits each place. Fred is a round, unattractive dog that becomes quite troublesome, but the young girl’s love is unconditional when her parents both decide that Fre...more
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