My Friend Fred Author: Hiawyn Oram Illustrator: Rosie Reeve
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Format: Picture Books

Age Range: 3-7 years

Character Traits: Sharing & Cooperation

Publication Date: March 2012

BISAC: JUV002070

Pages: 32

Book Format Detail: Hardcover

Retail Price: $12.95

ISBN-13: 9781589251052

ISBN-10: 1589251059

Dimensions: 10-1/8" x 11-1/8"

Grace and her dog, Fred, are best friends, and they do everything together. But when Grace tries to keep Fred all to herself, she learns that the very best friends are the ones who share. Acclaimed author Hiawyn Oram's irresistible story is brought to life by the breezy art of Rosie Reeve, a bright new talent in children's book illustration.

Lexile: AD690L


Hiawyn Oram has created a beautiful story where Grace learns the thrill and joy of sharing a special friend. It isn’t easy for her, since Sarah has so many friends and Grace only has Fred; but she doesn’t want to make Fred unhappy either. When they all get a chance to play together they have great fun.

Rosie Reeve provides the artwork for My Friend Fred. Soft blues and purples are complemented by bright pinks and greens. Some of the pages have paw print accents like those found on the cover in the word, “FRED.” The paw prints on the cover are slightly raised to give the book a textured feel. This is a lovely book from open to shut, though it probably won’t stay shut long.

Dog lovers are bound to get into this one.


Grace and her sister have a new family dog. His name is Fred. But Grace feels that Fred is her friend exclusively. Grace knows that Fred is her friend because he is there with her in the morning when she wakes up and there with her when she goes to bed at night. Fred even checks for monsters under her bed. Fred likes to play with Grace and run with Grace and read with her too. Fred even helps Grace find things, like her bear and shoe with the plum on it. But what happens when Fred wants to change things up a bit and play with other kids like Grace's sister and her friends? You'll have to read this lovable story to find out?

Kids and pets are a huge responsibility. This is a great book for first time readers who love dogs. This great book can open up conversation with kids and parents in regards to caring for pets and also sharing pets. Lively illustrations bring this story to life. Simple sentences will have kids reading this book over and over.