From a squiggly ball of jelly to a cute leaf-hopper, watch Fredrick the Frog grow up in a lush green pond. Along the way, he makes friends and discovers new things he can do as his body changes. An artfully illustrated children's picture book celebrating God’s perfect plan in nature’s life cycle.
F.R.O.G. ... To Fully Rely on God.
What does that mean to you? For Fredrick, as changes come, we watch God’s perfect plan for him unfold. His Mama and Papa do what comes naturally. Then, tiny eggs are laid, his little body is formed, and he matures into a fully grown frog.
Original text by Ida P. Leggett, who loved nature and children … and celebrated God’s beautiful green earth with all of His creatures -- great and small. Even frogs! She Fully Relied on God.
This book is dedicated to her memory.
“Why” THIS BOOK?
While illustrator Anne Gregory was a college art student in the late 1970’s, her Auntie Ida gave her her a time-worn draft of Fredrick the Frog, handwritten with black marker on green construction paper. “Please illustrate this book one day,” she said. “I trust that you’ll know when the time is right.” A fearless composer of poems and stories surrounding her faith in God, Ida passed away many years ago.
Fast-forward 30 years: the sudden passing of Anne’s brother Ernie was her wake up call. Ernie had been a missionary and Fully Relied on God for direction, nourishment and fulfillment. His example of trusting God to lead him to “where he should be” gave Anne the courage to begin her own soul-searching journey. Anne’s career had taken her away from creating art and left little room for appreciating the little things in life. She picked up her paintbrush and plunged back into the art world.
Seeking her “Why” for this new art adventure, Anne turned to a page in her past and remembered Fredrick the Frog ... and discovered the freedom to explore her creative possibilities. Creating these paintings as her first body of work and designing this fun little children’s book became Anne’s “Why” as she began to paint once again. All of the illustrations in this book were painted in oil on canvas. Painting frogs as subject matter seemed a good place to start: there was an abundance of frogs in the pond in front of her dad childhood home. The hand-lettered type was included as a nod to Anne’s love of calligraphy, and reminiscent of her childhood days growing up in the Catskill Mountains in Roxbury New York, where she used to help her dad hand-paint signs.
“F.R.O.G. Fully Relying on God, I’ll trust that He will direct me to what comes next!”
-- Anne Gregory
Commit your work to the Lord - and then your plans will succeed. Psalm 16:3
|Product dimensions:||6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)|
|Age Range:||2 - 9 Years|
About the Author
Anne Shultis-Gregory was born & raised in the heart of the Catskill Mountains in Roxbury, New York, where there were more cows than people. Country living influenced her love of nature and a knack for creating something from nothing. Anne cherishes the rusty, the overlooked and the small things in life. A rich career in marketing communications & investor relations provided ample creative outlets, but Anne longed to sit behind the easel. She picked up her paintbrush in late 2013 following the unexpected death of her brother, Ernie. A missionary, he had followed his passion and Fully Relied On God. As Anne mulled over life priorities at Ernie's funeral, she was prompted to follow her own passions: for art and for people. If Not Now, When? Anne has an impressionistic, painterly style that is injected with a vibrant color palette. Her intention goes beyond creating pleasing pictures: preserving the glowing feel of God's hand in the fleeting moments of day-to-day experiences. She hopes that her work will bring joy to others. And she directs all praises to God, from whom all blessings come. Anne lives in the greater Houston, Texas area with her husband, Michael. Together, they have raised two awesome sons, Taylor and Blake.
Table of Contents
Children's Picture Book Story with 18 Fine Art Oil Painting Illustrations:
1- Spring is in the Air
2- Mama & Papa Hopped Into the Pond
3- Mama Lays Her Eggs
4- One Tiny Egg Begins to Move
5- Fredrick is a Nerve in a Jelly Ball
6- Fredrick Can Swim!
7- Fredrick is All Alone
8- The Hungry Pollywog
9- Fredrick has Two Legs
10- Fredrick can Climb on Stuff!
11- Fredrick Chased a Little Duck
12- Fredrick & Friends Upon a Log
13- Fredrick Jumps from Leaf to Leaf to Leaf
14- Kerplunk! Fredrick Fell
15- Fredrick has Learned to Sing
16- Fredrick Caught a Tasty Bug
17- Meet Fredrick: A Bright Green Frog
18- Cover: Fredrick the Frog
Supplemental: "Fun Frog Facts" at the back of the book is a Supplemental Back Matter for Teachers, Home-Schoolers and Moms has interesting notes about frogs for further parent/child and classroom discussion. Includes bibiography.