After a happy summer playing together, the boy wants to take Fred the Snake to school! Fred is a friendly snake, but the students were nervous at first. Then Fred earned their trust and affection by playing real nice and twisting into fun things they needed, like a jump rope and soccer goal!
British-born semi-retired Professor of Medicine in Charleston, SC, widely traveled and author of many medical books. I wrote the first story about Fred the snake getting squished (and mended) when my kids were young, to teach them how not to cross the road. When they had their own children, they asked "what happened to Fred-Fred" (so-called because he was in two pieces initially). So, we dusted it off and found a publisher. It seemed popular and fun for me, so I now have six books (beautifully illustrated by Bonnie Lemaire) about Fred the friendly snake. After recovering from squishness, Fred has gone to school, welcomed Jungle Jim and other animals, explored Charleston, enjoyed the beach and taken his friends camping. The midwest book review said "Move over for Fred-Fred, Lewis Carroll" And, I was not named after a rabbit.
One of the earliest important transitions in life is going to school for the first time. It is both exciting and scary. Fred was looking forward to going, but, a snake at school??
"Our teacher paled, but Mum’s entreaties soon prevailed.
It really is no risk you take, for Fred’s a very friendly snake.
Fred and I were rather scared, despite how carefully prepared.
The other kids all stared at us when we boarded the school bus.
Some I know were scared of snakes, their slivers and the hiss they make,
But they will certainly soon find that this snake, Fred, is sweet and kind."
Read on and find that Fred became the hero at school......