Dear Fred by Susanna Rodell

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Grace has not seen her older half brother, Fred, for a year-since she and her mother moved to the United States and he stayed in Australia with his father. In a letter, Grace tells Fred about her new home, remembering the good times they shared as well as the occasions when she got him into trouble. Now Grace has her own baby sister, so she understands about being the older child, and she looks forward to Fred's visit, when they can be the "big kids" together. Susanna Rodell and Kim Gamble have captured the confusion and pain caused by a complex family situation, while showing how family members can create new lives without relinquishing their earlier ties to one another.

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Kim Gamble illustrates with an eye for character and a sense of fun. He and Anna Fienberg have made many marvelous books together, which are enduringly popular with children and adults. Kim lives in Australia.
Published March 27, 1995 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Grace, a young mouse, has moved from Australia to the United States with her mother, leaving her half brother, Fred, behind. As she tells him in this epistolary picture book--Rodell's first--she misse

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The memories Grace writes of--playing Knights and Dragons with Fred, making mudpies together, incurring his anger when she breaks a toy--are not rendered with any particular staying power or with any attention to the different geographical settings, and they fail to imbue the siblings' relationsh...

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