Fred the Snake is lonely and misses Jungle Jim and his friends. Jungle Jim finds his old shipping boat and braves the wild seas to visit Fred in South Carolina. He brings a whole animal menagerie, including a lady snake named Bernadette!
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 happended 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 five 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, and enjoyed the beach. The midwest book review said "Move over for Fred-Fred, Lewis Carroll" And, I was not named after a rabbit.
Jungle Jim had sent Fred the snake to the boy (JP) in South Carolina, where he had a great time, and even went to school. But he began to miss his old jungle friends, so asked Jim to come visit and bring a bunch of them.Jim bravely assembled a small menagerie and set sail.