The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone

The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone

by Timothy Basil Ering


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The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone by Timothy Basil Ering

"FROG BELLY . . . plants the idea that with some strategy, good communication and goodwill, you can grow wonderful things." —PORTLAND PRESS HERALD

"Frog Belly Rat Bone,
one, two, three . . .
the specks in the earth are protected by me.
You must be patient and then you will see. . . ."

Once upon a time, in a dull, gray endless place called Cementland,
there lived a very special boy who wished to find a treasure. After much searching among piles of greasy toaster ovens and wet smelly socks, he spies a box filled with specks and a wrinkled note that says, "Put these wondrous riches in the earth and enjoy." Horrified to learn that thieves are after his treasure, the boy scrounges the junkyard and conjures a creature to stand guard - a scarecrowlike gardener with crooked bony arms, a giant belly, a jaunty crown, and preternatural wisdom: Frog Belly Rat Bone, king and protector of the specks.

With subtle, delicate tones, fantastical figures, and bursts of glowing color, the surreal artwork and hand-lettered text of Tim Ering’s picture book debut exude all the whimsy of an inspired imagination - and the wonders of a natural world that awaits discovery, even in Cementland.

Included with each book: a whimsical full-color bookmark offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the artist, his technique - and his inspiration!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763666613
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 02/06/2013
Edition description: Anniversary
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 1,291,063
Product dimensions: 10.18(w) x 10.08(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Timothy Basil Ering says that THE STORY OF FROG BELLY RAT BONE was inspired by a visit to Descanso Gardens, a botanical garden in Pasadena, California, where there is a private garden for urban Los Angeles schoolchildren. "For as long as I can remember, I have loved to mix up words and phrases into silly little combinations that would make me laugh," he explains. "I’d make up songs while meandering down the outer beach of Cape Cod to favorite fishing spots, and ‘Frog Belly Rat Bone’ was always a favorite string of nouns. Then one day in Pasadena, I sat at a tiny picnic table in the children’s garden and began to sketch the garden’s scarecrow. I knew at that moment that Frog Belly Rat Bone had found a home." Timothy Basil Ering’s artwork has appeared in books, magazines, theater sets, private murals, and fine art galleries. A resident of Somerville, Massachusetts, he is enamored of the sea and has a passion for nature and the outdoors. This is his first picture book with Candlewick Press.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has become one of mine and my children's favorites. The illustrations are wonderful and the story fun, but educational. I also read this to my third grade students, which inspired a great discussion about planting and conservation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one talented Illustrator and Author ! My kids loved the book and anxiously await his next one ! You're the Best ERING ! Keep it going !
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read-aloud for young chldren, and my children and I love the silly word combination of the story's hero, Frog Belly. Critics, give Timothy Ering a chance! Sometimes art exists simply for its ability to delight. We are delighted with this title and will be anxious to see the next one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tim Ering's talent for not only illustrating but writing, is a breath of sunshine to this generation and those to follow. Thoroughly enjoyed every last word, every last picture. Expect to see much more of this exceptionally talented young man in the future. Phyl Magri
Guest More than 1 year ago
a innovative look at gardening that will inspire kids ! a great book that all kids will remember for thier lifetime ! frog belly legend is finally put to print !!!