Oh, no! Fred the Snake didn't look both ways to see if there were any speeding vehicles coming. Now, he's cut in two! Fred must wait in the hospital for the doctors to sew him back together. But they need a special bendy thread that can only be found in the distant, wild jungle! Can Jungle Jim help?
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"
Fred was sent as a pet by Jungle Jim. You can read where he came from. How will he do in his new home? It did not start well, for he didmot look carefully before crossing the road when he first went out. "He thought the barber's stripey pole was a friendly snake, but, oh my soul, Fred dashed across with never a glance, into the path of an ambulance". He got squished, but fear not, you can read how he got mended. The doctor sewed him back together with some special thread that brave Jim got from beneath a rhino! Fred will be a lot more careful in his adventures in future books. In the second one he goes to school!