The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone

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The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone

By Timothy Basil Ering; Timothy Basil Ering (Illustrator)

Candlewick Press (MA), Paperback, 9780763626112, 48pp.

Publication Date: January 8, 2008

"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, there lived a boy who wished to find a treasure. After searching through piles of toaster ovens and wet smelly socks, he spies a box filled with specks and a note that says, "Put these wondrous riches in the earth and enjoy." Horrified to learn that thieves are after his treasure, the boy scrounges in the junkyard and conjures a scarecrow-like creature to stand guard: Frog Belly Rat Bone, king and protector of the specks. With subtle tones and bursts of glowing color, Tim Ering's surreal artwork and hand-lettered text exude all the whimsy of an inspired imagination and the wonders of a natural world that awaits discovery, even in Cementland.
A NICK JR. FAMILY MAGAZINE Best Book of the Year
A New England Book Show Juvenile Category Winner
A New York Book Show Children's Trade Hardcover Winner.

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."