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 8 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 7th and 8th books have Fred and friends exploring the cities and sights of USA.
The midwest book review said "Move over for Fred-Fred, Lewis Carroll"
School can sometimes be a little scary, but imagine when one of your friends brings a snake with him! But, no need to worry, Fred the snake is friendly and helpful. He learned to write (with his tail) and made himself into things that the school needed, like a jump rope, soccer goal and waterslide for the pool.
Teacher said "for all you've done, you're cetainly our number one. For sharing all your curvy joints you get a million merit points. Now we all know that snakes are friends with warm hreats and useful bends".