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Fred the Frog Finds a Friend teaches empathy to young children

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“Fred the Frog Finds a Friend” by Courtney M Jones is a picture book about a lonely frog who embarks upon a journey in search of a meal. Fred discovers a pond with flies that would make for a perfect meal but a mean orange fish who resides in the pond will not allow Fred to come into the water. All hope for Fred seems lost until a tiny beetle comes to the rescue and convinces the fish to view the situation from Fred’s perspective and the fish becomes empathic to Fred and allows the little frog to dine. Fred makes a friend and a wonderful lesson is learned about empathy.

This book has received excellent reviews and is available in EBook and paperback version on Courtney’s website and on

“This is a delightful story for young readers from ages four on up. As an educator this is a great read to book for parents or teachers. Younger readers’ ages five on up will be able to read with ease due to the large print and ample spaces between words. Each page is picture supported for ease of meaning. The illustrations are bright and vivid that will appeal to young children.

This book teaches the great lesson of empathy. This book is truly one that a child will want to read over and over. It is a great addition to any early primary classroom. As a children’s reading specialist and educator I highly recommend this book.” – Lorraine Carey – Author, Children’s Reading Specialist and Teacher.

Courtney M Jones is an advocate for early literacy. She is the author of “In A Room You Will Find” Series and “Learn The Alphabet With Me”

"My ultimate goal is to reach as many young minds as possible and to instill an early passion for reading.” She says. “It is my dream to awaken the creative and imaginative minds of children and to inspire as many young minds as possible to love learning and to reach for the stars. It is my belief that books are the gateway to the future and I want to take that journey with them through my books."

To learn more about the author, visit her web site at


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