There's a Hole in My Bucket

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Lively watercolors of an amusing bear and his hedgehog friend tell the story of this classic children's song

The classic children's folk song that ponders how to fix the hole at the bottom of a bucket comes to life in warm, vibrant colors and lifelike images of endearing forest creatures. Bear, discovering one day that the flowers outside of his den are drooping, must water them quickly. He considers walking to the lake with his spoon, but that's not big enough to hold enough ...

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Overview


Lively watercolors of an amusing bear and his hedgehog friend tell the story of this classic children's song

The classic children's folk song that ponders how to fix the hole at the bottom of a bucket comes to life in warm, vibrant colors and lifelike images of endearing forest creatures. Bear, discovering one day that the flowers outside of his den are drooping, must water them quickly. He considers walking to the lake with his spoon, but that's not big enough to hold enough water for the flowers. His colander, he notes with a frown, won't hold any water at all. But then he finds his bucket and is about to head to the lake when he discovers the hole at the bottom of the bucket.

Bear's friend Hedgehog happens along, and together, they venture on a comic effort to repair the hole. Hedgehog suggests patching tile hole with straw, but the straw is too long. So they try to use a pair of scissors to cut the straw, but the blades are too dull. They want to use a stone to sharpen the scissors. but the stone is too dry. They need some water for the stone and plan to leave for the lake, but -- Oops! They can't get water because there's a hole in the bucket!

Beautiful watercolor images of the laughing hedgehog and confounded bear will entertain and delight new readers. And at the end of Bear and Hedgehog's delight fully comic tale, nature takes its course and showers down rain, saving the day -- and the flowers.

""Watercolor Illustrations combine funny touches...with softly colored, nicely detailed animals and landscapes"". -- Booklist

A retelling of a German folksong about a bear unable to water his flowers because every attempt to repair the hole in his bucket only leads to further problems.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This winsome if slight adaptation of a German folk song opens as Bear discovers that the flowers in front of his cave are wilting fast. He sets out to water them but his bucket has a hole, and when Hedgehog offers to help him fix it, the results are predictable. Observant readers will notice that a storm is brewing, and, indeed, it is a much-needed rainfall that drenches the flowers and solves the hole-in-the-bucket dilemmaat least temporarily. An appealing, decidedly inquisitive cast of woodland animals and insects peeks out from the Schuberts' (Amazing Animals) softly shaded double-page illustrations, and the bumbling Bear and Hedgehog appear particularly endearing. At the end of the story, the "revived" flowers look much the same as they do at the beginningan inconsistency that may trouble some readers, but one that is eclipsed by the cheery images and tone. Ages 2-6. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
In this German folksong, a bear is trying to water flowers wilting in front of his cave, but his bucket has a hole and it won't hold water. He is in despair until his friend Hedgehog makes a suggestion for its repair. Well, one thing leads to another and suddenly it starts to rain. They head for the warm, dry cave and have a wonderful day. After the rain, the flowers are no longer drooping and Bear gives a bouquet to Hedgehog to thank him for his help. Of course, Mother Nature was the real problem solver in this story. The watercolor spreads are a pure delight, filled with wonderful expressions as the friends work and play.
Children's Literature
We have an amusing circular American folksong, "There's a Hole in the Bucket," which must have an equivalent in the Netherlands. The Schuberts have chosen to retell and illustrate it, with Bear and his friend Hedgehog as the major characters, set in a realistically depicted wood. They try many ways to water the drooping flowers with the faulty pail, but each leads to another problem. Rain finally solves the situation, as the friends have "a great time together" before the story starts again. The brief text runs below double-page watercolor scenes. The engaging couple are loaded with anthropomorphic emotions and humorous antics from the jacket/cover on.
School Library Journal
PreS-K--Bear's flowers are droopy and need some water but his bucket has a hole in it. Hedgehog suggests using some straw as a plug but it's too tough to break into pieces. His scissors are too dull and it takes some time to find a good sharpening stone. Meanwhile, a storm is building. As Bear and his woodland friends enjoy the ensuing wet afternoon in his "hole," the flowers benefit from the rain. Bear then presents a lovely bouquet to Hedgehog--who needs a bucket to put them in. This retelling of a traditional folksong suffers just a bit from obsolescence--young listeners may be perplexed about straw in buckets and stone-sharpened scissors. However, Bear is an endearing fellow and children will delight in his challenges and good-natured acquiescence to fate. From his pawprints on the endpapers through the gradual accumulation of a passel of charming forest creatures, the bucolic watercolors flow over double-page spreads in soft muted browns and greens. The brief text reads well, though not suspensefully, aloud. A final conundrum, however: the watered flowers appear to be as droopy as they did at the start. An additional purchase best enjoyed one-on-one for full appreciation of the winsome details.--Carol Ann Wilson, Westfield Memorial Library, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781886910287
  • Publisher: Lemniscaat USA
  • Publication date: 2/28/1994
  • Edition description: 1 AMER ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.63 (w) x 10.47 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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