Book Review of When Fred the Snake and Friends Explore USA East
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When Fred the Snake and Friends Explore USA East
Written by Peter Cotton
Illustrated by Bonnie Lemaire
Ages 3+ | 48 Pages
Publisher: Bublish (2022) | ISBN-13: 9781647045548
What to Expect: Friendship, travel, US geography, US history
When Fred the Snake and Friends Explore USA East is the seventh book from award-winning author Peter Cotton in the Fred the Snake series. It’s a roller-coaster ride through the Eastern United States, teaching readers about the famous and historical locations they can find there.
Fred the Snake has settled right into his new home in the USA with Jungle Jim—and since the school year has not yet started, what could be better than a trip with all his friends, to get to know his new home country better? They explore the Eastern United States by traveling in planes, helicopters, city cabs, an RV, and even a hot air balloon. They see famous sights like the New York City skyline, Central Park, Niagara Falls, Lake Michigan, alligators in Florida, and Kitty Hawk. All too soon, it’s time to go home—but they’re already planning their trip to see the West!
Cotton’s characteristic rhyming text and gentle humor help make the instructional elements fun. Colorful and lively illustrations help bring the iconic locations to life with movement and expression, while the cute and engaging characters will surely capture young readers’ hearts.
When Fred the Snake and Friends Explore USA East is a convincing and enjoyable new addition to this popular series.
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About the Author
Peter Cotton is a Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Born and raised in England, he moved to the USA in 1986 to head up the Endoscopy Department at Duke University in Durham, NC. He moved to Charleston in 1994 to establish the Digestive Disease Center. He is known throughout the world for his expertise, innovation, research, and teaching in the use of endoscopy procedures to manage GI problems that previously needed surgery. He named the procedure for treating biliary and pancreatic problems: ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde CholangioPancreatography). He has authored popular textbooks, published over 300 peer-reviewed scientific articles, and lectured in more than 50 countries.
Now semi-retired and encouraged by grandchildren, he has so far written eight books about Fred the friendly snake. The first one, “When Fred the Snake got Squished and Mended,” was a bedtime story for his children when small to teach them how (not) to cross the road. When they had their children, they asked, “what happened to Fred-Fred?”. Peter revamped the text, found a wonderful illustrator (Bonnie Lemaire in Canada), and started publishing the Fred book series, which has won many awards.
For more information, visit https://petercottontales.com/.
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