The Water Hole

The Water Hole

by Graeme Base


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In the tradition of his best-selling alphabet book, Animalia, author and illustrator Graeme Base takes young readers on an exhilarating journey of discovery with an ingenious fusion of counting book, puzzle book, storybook, and art book. From the plains of Africa and the jungles of the Amazon to the woodlands of North America and the deserts of outback Australia, the animals come together to drink from the water hole. But their water supply is diminishing. What's going on? Each sumptuous landscape illustration conceals hidden animal pictures for readers to find as they count the animals that visit the water hole and try to solve the mystery: will the animals come back or is their water source gone forever?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142401972
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/09/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 82,501
Product dimensions: 10.69(w) x 11.38(h) x 0.14(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Graeme Base is one of the world’s leading creators of picture books. Animalia received international acclaim when it was first published in 1986, and it has achieved classic status with worldwide sales of more than two million copies. Base’s most recent picture book, The Water Hole, an ingenious fusion of counting book, puzzle book, storybook and artbook, has been published in Australia, the USA, Canada, Italy, France, Denmark and the UK. Base lives in Melbourne with his artist wife Robyn and their three children.

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An absorbing visual feast. (Kirkus Reviews)

Another beautifully illustrated animal fantasy... children will savor the gorgeous, animal-packed spreads. (Booklist)

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The Water Hole 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
jniehof on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Graeme Base uses a Hungry Caterpillar-like device of a hole in the page, so that we can see what is on the next page. Children will love this. The illustrations are as rich as they ever are in a Base book, with each page stuffed to the brim with details and animals and hidden things for little eyes to find. A watering hole is getting smaller and smaller as different animals gather around it looking for a drink. We start with one rhino and count up to ten kangaroos, so this would also serve as a counting book. At the end we find Base's inspiration for the animals, which I thought was awesome. Great book for any collection. PS. Pay attention to the frogs!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I am taking a Children's Literature class, and I am writing a review of this book. I can't find enough wonderful things to say about this colorfully illustrated book. It is a counting book like I have never seen before. I particularly love the hidden animals in the pictures. That special touch makes the book not only interesting for the child, but the child in the adult. Unique, exquistite, and educational. I am buying this gift as a birthday present for my niece. I am also giving this book to my sister-in-law--as a shower gift. It's never too soon to start sharing good books with our chidren!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 2 year old son has the words to this book memorized. He loves it! Graeme Base's artwork is pleasing to the eye and provides for learning in many ways. It has counting, hidden pictures, geography, plus an environmental theme.