Jack and Perdy's Dad comes home from a trip and takes everyone on a ferry boat to Dewees Island. They spend a happy day on the beach, but had a scare when Bernadette got swept out to sea. Jack rescued her with a windsurfer.
British-born semi-retired Professor of Medicine in Charleston, SC, widely traveled and author of many medical books. He wrote the first story about Fred the snake getting squished (and mended) when his 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, Peter dusted it off and found a publisher. It seemed popular and fun, so there are now 8 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. Books 7,8 ans 9 have Fred and friends exploring the cities and sights of USA.
The midwest book review said "Move over for Fred-Fred, Lewis Carroll"
Jungle Jim had sent Fred the snake to the boy (JP) in South Carolina, where he had a great time, and even went to school. But he began to miss his old jungle friends, so asked Jim to come visit and bring a bunch of them.Jim bravely assembled a small menagerie and set sail.