My Friend Fred by Hiawyn Oram

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Grace and her dog, Fred, do everything together. Fred is mine, thinks Grace. My friend Fred. Grace's sister, Sarah, who has lots of friends, tells Grace that Fred is the family dog, not just her dog. One day when Sarah's friends come over she invites Fred the family dog to play ball. Grace does not want to share Fred. She takes him to her room and shuts the door tight. But for the first time ever, Fred does not want to play with her. Grace learns that friends don't keep friends all to themselves in this heart-warming doggy tale about sharing!

About Hiawyn Oram

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Hiawyn Oram has been writing children's books for more than 20 years, with more than 60 books published to date, including picture books, poetry, plays, young fiction, story collections, and the book and lyrics for two musicals. Her children's television work includes scripts, conception, and development of several series. She has been the recepient of many prizes and awards for her work, including being shortlisted for the UK Smarties Prize for her book, "The Second Princess". She is also the author of "Angry Arthur", "Just Like Us", "A Boy Wants a Dinosaur", "Just Dog", and the film "Big Cat, Little Cat". In the new Narnia picture books, her wit, imagination, and understanding of childhood provide stories that combine gentle wisdom with stirring action in the spirit of the creator of the Narnia world, C. S. Lewis. Rosie Reeve has illustrated several children's books, including the Annie Stories (Orion). She lives in England.
Published May 1, 2011 by Scholastic. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Her final, private thoughts belie her transformation, though: “I know ‘ours’ is only a word and whatever anyone says, really that dog will always mostly be… / my friend Fred.” Fred and Grace's relationship is endearingly described in Reeve's pastel-hued illustrations.

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In a gentle story about learning to share, a girl named Grace adores her family's fluffy white labradoodle, Fred, and they do just about everything together—whether it's swimming, running, or sprawling out on a squashy, pink beanbag.

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