Cementland is filled with treasures: smelly socks, broken TVs, wire. You name it. One day, though, as a young boy was searching through the piles of junk, he found a box. The note on the box instructed the boy to put its contents into the earth. So he did. The next day the treasure was gone, so he made a security guard from the junk. Frog Belly Rat Bone had the job of protecting that treasure and scaring off anyone (or anything) that might try to steal it. But what could the treasure be? And just how much patience is required.
A cute monster hero, clever combinations of drawings and illustrations, and lots of dialogue make this a fun story to read together.
The dark illustrations at the beginning may make you think this is a dark (meaning heavy) book. It's not. There is nothing scary or ominous about it.
"Frog Belly Rat Bone One-two-three!" It didn't take long before my daughter caught on and started reading Frog Belly's parts herself. She loved the book, though she found the illustrations hard to discern sometimes.
It's been a while since I've read a picture book where I loved changing my voice. This one begs you to do it! The message about being environmentally concious is there, but is a soft undertone to the friendship the boy creates with Frog Belly and the community of animals.
This is a picture book that reminds us about the beauty around us (not to mention recycling, too).
There are distinct themes of conservation and littering, but you can also talk about friendship, imagination, stealing, forgiveness, and community. You might even build your own Frog Belly Rat Bone.
7 to 9
4 to 8
Read with an 8-year-old girl.
Buy. This is a clever, unique story and one that you'll love to share with the kids for many years. It has a "Three Little Pigs" sense about it.