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Fred, The Oversized Watermelon

Keep your head high.

Fred’s looks differ from his fellow melons. His friends constantly made fun of his unusually bigger size. Every day at lunch, they bullied him. He tried to make friends and live an ordinary life but to no avail. Then, one day, Fred tried to make friends with an elephant, but he walked away. When Fred felt sad, a ladybug crawled over him to cheer him. Then Fred walked to the beach, where his friends wanted to use him as a beach ball. What happens to Fred? Did he become a ball? Did he find a friend?



We picked this book for its intriguing title. The story follows the life of a watermelon who faces body shaming and bullying. This book can cue young children about how they treat themselves and others daily. The illustrations work well for the storyline.



Fred, The Oversized Watermelon by Kendal Clawson, handles body shaming faced by a young melon and how he finds comfort at the end in an easy-to-follow storyline.






Originally published: 2022

Author: Kendal Clawson

Illustrator: Jared Salmond




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