The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone

The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone

by Timothy Basil Ering


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“Frog Belly plants the idea that with some strategy, good communication, and goodwill, you can grow wonderful things.”— Portland Press Herald

Once upon a time, in a gray endless place called Cementland, a boy finds a treasure box. It’s filled with tiny specks and a wrinkled note that says, “Put these wondrous riches in the earth and enjoy.” But a special treasure requires a special guardian, so the boy conjures a creature to protect the specks: Frog Belly Rat Bone. With subtle, delicate tones, fantastical figures, and bursts of glowing color, the surreal artwork and hand-lettered text of Timothy Basil Ering’s picture book debut exude all the whimsy of an inspired imagination.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763613822
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 04/28/2003
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 48
Product dimensions: 10.13(w) x 10.12(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Timothy Basil Ering is the illustrator of the Newbery Medal-winning The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo and Finn Throws a Fit! by David Elliott. He is also the author-illustrator of Necks Out for Adventure! He lives in Massachusetts.

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Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
dylantanner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In a world of concrete and garbage a little boy finds a great treasure and builds a monster to guard it from thieves. The monster not only guards the treasure but shows the boy and the thieves how to make life bloom.This is a children's picture book. I have such a soft spot for these new "cool" illustrators. This wild style of drawing makes the story pop to life and the message is a great one for little urbanites.This is sort of Golem story. The monster saves the treasure (seeds) but teaches the boy how to plant the seeds and bring back life to the city. The wild illustrations were a turn off to some of my first graders, but was so exciting to many others.
kelleyhar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Loved the artwork. Dark and smeared in the beginning, colorful flowers at the end.
amandrake on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Read Me!!cool almost-creepy illustrations and a simple but not simplistic moral. Also a free bookmark in the hardcover.
mmwrigh3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cementland is full of garbage and run down building, and a little boy. The little boy's only wish is to find treasure in this wasteland. When he finds a secret box of treasure he has to also build Frog Belly Rat Bone out of trash to guard this precious treasure from thieves. Frog Belly Rat Bone teaches the thieves and the boy just how special this treasure is and what to do with it. The treasure brings color, happiness, and a bountiful meal to them. Interesting illustrations, dark and dreary progresses to colorful and happy.
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 !!!