A Colored Child's Belly is a book about an African American or colored boy who transitions from childhood into adulthood. The book details specific life experiences he has as he gets older. It details his journey from boyhood into manhood. He does odd jobs for a man named Mr. Rimmey. Mr. Rimmey is a lawyer. He is the only one on the whole block that has a fireplace in his home. Rimmey serves as a guiding father figure for young Clarence. The book details Clarence's relationship with his friends, other people, his parents, his twin sisters, and Mr. Rimmey.