After a happy summer playing together, the boy wants to take Fred the Snake to school! Fred is a friendly snake, but the students were nervous at first. Then Fred earned their trust and affection by playing real nice and twisting into fun things they needed, like a jump rope and soccer goal!
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 happened 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 six 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, enjoyed the beach and taken his friends camping. The midwest book review said "Move over for Fred-Fred, Lewis Carroll" And, I was not named after a rabbit.
His Mum, the teacher and all the other kids were nervous when Jack the boy wanted to take his pet snake (Fred) to school. But he won everbody's hearts when he joined the games and especially when he bent himself into things they needed, like a waterslide by the pool. He also made himself into a soccer goal, and a jump rope!
We were worried about his previously squished place when he became the tug of war rope, but the mend was stong.
Everything is more fun in life when we all work together.
Thanks for your example, Fred