"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 dimensions:||10.18(w) x 10.08(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
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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.
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 !
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.
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
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 !!!