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Fred Stays With Me!

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,819 ratings  ·  201 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 com ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A sweet story about a young girl and her dog, Fred. The girl’s parents are divorced, and although things are different with the two sides of her family, the one constant is her dog.
Oct 24, 2009 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
Jun 16, 2011 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! ...more
Mar 06, 2013 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.
RLL22018_ Delashay
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fred stays with me, is a simply beautiful illustrated book. The illustrators take on the authors words, added just enough details, to make the story believable. The life of a little girl and her best friend Fred was a bit complicated. Sometime the little girl lives with her mom, and sometimes she lives with her dad. Fred her playful dog, creates a ruckus, at both of her residents. When neither parent wants to keep the dog, she comes up with a solution, but the main point was Fred stays with her. ...more
Christina Reid
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
A cute picture book about a little girl who splits her life between her two parents after they divorce - but the one constant is her dog Fred who stays with her no matter where she goes. An important depiction of how complex families can be and yet how simple it is to still love one another even if you're not always together. ...more
Amy Forrester
Sep 23, 2012 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
Feb 16, 2012 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
Feb 13, 2011 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
A Allen
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
I love that this book acknowledges being a child with two homes and finding solutions to problematic behavior (it just happens to be the behavior of Fred, the dog). I imagine many children with separated parents would feel less alone with a book similar to this. However, I didn't like that both parents gave up on Fred for a moment when they said "Fred can't stay with me!" If I could glue those two pages together without it being noticeable, I would. I think that the parents giving up on Fred is ...more
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Jan 19, 2012 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
Nov 17, 2008 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!
I wish there were a way to know the subject of a children's picture book prior to opening it up and reading it. Like a big star on the front that clearly states, "Warning! Responsible youth dog owner narrative ahead! Prepare yourself with a million reasons why you can't get a dog!" Yeah, something like that be appreciated. ...more
Sep 20, 2007 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.
Dec 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Great story for kids of divorce.
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
lovely story about a girl, her dog and divorce. I love the sepia toned illustrations in this book.
Sep 05, 2015 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. ...more
Joelisa Aparicio
I like my dog and if my dog stay with me forever but not, because I have a work or in future to the world! I love my dogs!
Kajsa Jonsson
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This story is about a girl and her dog, who have parents that are separated. She sometimes lives with her mother, and sometimes with her father. Depending on where she lives, she sleeps in a certain bed and eat different kinds of food. But she still goes to the same school and play with the same friends as she used to. However, her dog Fred, is doing things her parents do not like such as eating their socks or barking on their neighbor’s dog. So, her parents are trying to tell her that th
Maddy Andrews
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fred Stays with Me! by Nancy Coffelt and illustrated by Tricia Tusa is a great story about a young girl with divorced parents. The text is simple, but it goes back and forth of comparing her life at her moms vs life at her dads with little things like eating pizza at her moms or eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches from her dads. She always mentions, though, that Fred her dog stays with her. The dog travels from house to house with her, and the reader soon is told of the trouble that Fred g ...more
Sophia Tarullo
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a story of a young girl with divorced parents. She stays with her mom and her dad, but he dog Fred always stays with her. She runs into difficulties with Fred, like he eats all the socks and barks at the neighbor's dog. When both her mom and dad tell her that Fred can't stay with either of them she said "Excuse me. Fred doesn't stay with you. Fred stays with me." They then come to the solution of having Fred make friends with the neighbor's dog and get him chew toys. The fun colorfu ...more
Dimity Powell
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-lit
This is a balanced and heartwarming tale of a little girl caught in the very real situation of a broken marriage. Her capacity to cope and thrive with both parents in spite of their split is enhanced by her dog Fred, who like the girl herself, never takes sides nor judges, rather he remains loyal to the once shared constant in the situation - the little girl.

The text is stripped bare of unnecessary sentimentality and simple enough for even very young children to connect with. I love the little
Laura Mossa
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Because her parents are divorced, a young girl has to adjust to living in two different homes. Throughout the sweet story, the girl shares how things are the same and different at each house, but the one absolute constant is that her dog Fred always stays with her. Her mom complains that Fred constantly barks at the poodle next door, and her dad complains that Fred keeps steals socks. As a result of his antics, both parents state “Fred can’t stay with me!” In response, the girl boldly reminds he ...more
The sub-text I was thinking of when mom and dad say the dog can't stay with them and the girl is like, "uh, he stays with me?" was "Look here mom and dad- you've made life difficult for me and I've had to go along with it, but so help me if you try to take away the best thing I have, I will never forgive you!!" And honestly, I felt like parents need this reminder maybe more than kids; that kids need continuity and familiarity and things that make them feel loved and good. Let them keep the dog- ...more
White House Public Library
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fred Stays with Me Is a cute story about a girl whose parents are divorced. Sometimes she stays with her mom, sometimes she stays with her dad, but her dog, Fred, always stays with her! The author does a great job talking about the differences that occur when going back and forth between houses, but one of the things that stay the same is Fred is ALWAYS in trouble! After a series of events the parents both say, “Fred can’t stay with me!” The little girl lets them know that Fred doesn't stay with ...more
Miss Kate
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful little book. I really love the way the author emphasizes the things that haven't changed in the child's life, the fact that her school and her friends are the same, and she has this great dog that stays with her wherever she goes. It's a great way to promote consistency and it's refreshing -- although it seems to be becoming less rare -- to read a children's book about divorce that is actually a great read. ...more
Connie T.
In the tipsy-turvy world of divorce and joint custody, the constant in this little girl's life is her dog, Fred. No matter which household she's at, Fred is always by her side. Fred, being a dog, gets on the parents' nerves and there's talk of getting rid of Fred. (As another reviewer pointed out, this might lead to further insecurities for a child of divorce.) In the end, the dog issues are resolved and all is well. ...more
Hannah Jane
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
A heartwarming story about a girl whose parents are divorced, and though she has two very different places to stay, she has one constant, her loyal dog, Fred. Hands down, my favorite thing about this book are the illustrations, which are so sweet and so accurate. The car ride is my favorite illustration: happy Fred with his little girl, sitting in a cloud of watercolor mud from the park.
Sarah Brandt
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fred Stays With Me! is about a little girl who switches where she lives because her parents are divorced. In the story, Fred is the only thing that is constant in the girl's life. When her parents talk about who Fred stays with she speaks up and says that Fred stays with me. This book can be used when you are talking about family units in your classroom. ...more
Lynn  Davidson
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A little girl's parents are divorced, so she stays with her dad some of the time, and some of the time she stays with her mom. Her dog, Fred, makes trouble in both places so that neither parent wants him staying with them. Their little girl makes it clear that Fred stays with HER.
Nicely done. Wonderful illustrations.
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Nancy Coffelt is an author and artist from Portland, Oregon - best known for her work on childrens' and young adult books, including Fred Stays With Me and Listen.
She often features dogs in her work, and a lot of her stories revolve around dogs. Her art has been featured in galleries, and she illustrates several of her own books.

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