Fred the pet snake didn't know how to cross the road. He became Fred-Fred when run over by an ambulance and had to go to hospital. The doctor needed a special bendy thread that grows beneath large rhinos. Brave Jungle Jim got the thread, and Fred was mended. He will be careful in future
British-born semi-retired Professor of Medicine in Charleston, SC, widely traveled and author of many medical books. I now have five rhyming children's books (beautifully illustrated by Bonnie Lemaire) about Fred the friendly snake. I wrote the first "When Fred the snake got Squished and Mended" when my kids were young, to teach them how not to cross the road. They called him "Fred-Fred" as a result. The midwest book review said "Move over for Fred-Fred, Lewis Carroll". More recently, Fred has gone to school, welcomed Jungle Jim and other animals, explored Charleston, and enjoyed the beach. And, I was not named after a rabbit.
Fred, our friendly snake, was originally sent to the boy as a present from Jim who lived in the deepest jungle. It is a wild place, and now Jim has to be really brave to disturb that rhino. It is sitting on a bush which can yield the special thread that is needed to mend Fred-Fred, now in two peices in the hospital. Jim, be very careful!
When Fred the Snake Got Squished, and Mended
Fred came from a place, you know the sort of place, full of hairy beasts that go oink-oink, and drop things on your head, boink-boink. A steamy place with lots of squelch, the only noise a muffled belch, of a nearby Rhino in the mud, chewing the primeval cud.