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Fred Stays With Me!

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,111 Ratings  ·  140 Reviews
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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Jun 16, 2011 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
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!
Mar 16, 2013 Tatiana rated it liked it
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
Oct 29, 2009 (NS) Amie rated it really liked it
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
Feb 13, 2011 Maricor rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 21, 2012 529_Amalia rated it really liked it
Shelves: realistic-fic
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 Forrester
Sep 23, 2012 Amy Forrester rated it it was amazing
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
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Jan 19, 2012 Randie D. Camp, M.S. rated it really liked it
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
May 02, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it
Seeing how frequently my librarian friends suggest this book to those looking for picture books addressing divorce, I checked it out. While it doesn't quite have the cover/illustration appeal of Melanie Walsh's Living with Mom and Living with Dad--this one's done in a red/brown/gold palette that strikes me as 70s-ish, despite coming out in 2007--the text is really nice:

"Sometimes I live with my mom.
Sometimes I live with my dad.
My dog, Fred, stays with me.
I still go to the same school. I still ha
Lauren Clendening/Cox
Mar 08, 2015 Lauren Clendening/Cox rated it really liked it
Fred Stays with Me is about a little girl that has divorced parents; when she stays with her dad she sleeps in a different bed, eats different foods, and does different things than what she does at her moms. The one thing that is the same at both houses is her dog Fred is with her wherever she goes. This book is great because a lot of times we do not see children’s books about divorced families; they are usually the about a mom and dad that are married. It is great to show our students stories t ...more
Melanie Abril
Nov 11, 2014 Melanie Abril rated it really liked it

Fred Stays With Me tells the story of a little girl. Sometimes she stays with her dad and other times she stays with her mom. She explains that no matter where she goes, her beloved dog, Fred, stays with her. Aside from having two different houses with two different bedrooms not much changes with her and Fred. At her mom’s Fred barks at the poodle and at her dad’s, Fred steals socks. When both of her mom and dad get tired of Fred they insist that Fred can’t stay with them, to which the girl repl
Oct 15, 2014 Kelli rated it really liked it
This book does a great job of showing a realistic example of a child who has divorced parents. It depicts a little girl who spends an even amount of time at her mother’s house and her father’s. She describes for the reader her room in both homes and other things that show the differences between living with mom versus living with dad. The one consistent thing the reader describes is that they both dislike her dog Fred. In rebuttle to both parents saying “Fred cannot stay here” she responds “Fred ...more
Sep 20, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, storybook
A solid read about a young girl whose dog helps her work through her parents' divorce. I really enjoyed the almost monochromatic pictures.
Martiah Rall
Sep 16, 2014 Martiah Rall rated it liked it
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
Oct 31, 2014 Jabria rated it really liked it
Fred Stays with Me, is a realistic-fiction book, about a little girl, whose parents are divorced. She takes her dog, Fred, with her to both of her parents' house as something reliable or stable, but when both of her parents start arguing about what to do with Fred she takes a stand. She tells them that Fred doesn't stay with them, but he stays with! This book relates to my topic, because even though it is not your usual family that lives together, it is about a divorced family that still interac ...more
Nov 17, 2008 Molly rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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!
Mar 24, 2015 Yablimshi rated it it was amazing
This book is told from the point of view of a young child whose parents are divorced. The little girl deals with the reality of going from one parent's house to the other. Her dog fred causes alot of trouble and make both parent's not want him to stay with them but the little girl assures them "Fred stays with me" and so the story follows the two and shows the friendship between child and pet. While both parent's may not be together the constant in her life is her dog Fred. This book is good in ...more
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
Sep 20, 2007 Alia rated it really liked it
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 it was amazing
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
Aug 06, 2013 Marjorie rated it it was amazing
lovely story about a girl, her dog and divorce. I love the sepia toned illustrations in this book.
Jan 10, 2014 Brigida rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
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
Dec 11, 2007 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Great story for kids of divorce.
Jill Wolf
Mar 26, 2016 Jill Wolf rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Picture Book #17
This book is about a girl who has divorced parents and a dog named Fred. She explains the differences between her and Fred's lives at both of the houses, but the one thing that stays the same is that Fred is always there for her. I think that this is a great book that may help kids with divorced parents understand how some things may be different at each house, but they can find something to take to both that helps them get through their difficulties. Maybe not a dog, but someth
Apr 30, 2015 Angelique rated it it was amazing
This is a well written picture book for children. I think this book is for elementary school aged children. The author tells a sensitive story about a girl who lives with her divorced parents. It tells the story of how it is for children who have to go back and forth between two homes. In the story, the parents are disagreeing about where the dog gets to live. I think the author used his storyline to help children process the anger and disagreement that parents go through in a divorce. I think t ...more
Feb 02, 2009 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
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
Casey Strauss
Feb 27, 2012 Casey Strauss rated it it was amazing
Shelves: realistic-fic
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
Nov 29, 2010 Tracy Katz rated it really liked it
Shelves: divorce
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
Apr 22, 2013 Erin rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 02, 2011 Susan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-stuff
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.

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