The Water Hole

The Water Hole

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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,

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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?

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
An absorbing visual feast. (Kirkus Reviews)

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

Publishers Weekly
Successive spreads introduce a growing number of animals at a water hole that, as viewed through die-cut ovals, becomes smaller with each turn of the page. "Readers will find more to see the longer they linger over these enticing pages," wrote PW. Ages 4-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Counting animals from one to ten, various habitats are featured as the menagerie comes to the watering hole. The watering hole gradually disappears and all of the animals with it. Then a single drop of water falls; it rains and rains and all the animals come back. World-renowned artist/author Graeme Base illustrates animals from seven continents. Three toucans represent South America; one rhino from Africa; seven pandas from China. Careful observation reveals the many other creatures from the featured environment that are included in each illustration. For comic relief, a few frogs in party hats and vests are hidden as well. Each spread is bordered with silhouettes of other animals from that geographical region. The gimmick is the elliptical hole on each page in the illustration of the watering hole. It gradually decreases in size, eventually disappearing. Is this a warning of what may come to pass? Very bright and colorful illustrations demonstrate an attention to detail. 2001, Harry N. Abrams, $18.95. Ages 3 to 8. Reviewer: Kristin Harris
School Library Journal
Gr 3 Up-Come to the water hole and immerse yourself in an extravagant experience. The offering from a master of visual delight is at once a counting book, a zoological tour, and a fascinating hidden-picture challenge. As 10 different animals from 10 different countries come to quench their thirst, a metaphorical water hole diminishes until it dries up completely and the visitors leave. Then the cycle begins again with a single drop of water, a torrent of rain, and a luxuriant new watering hole that draws all of the creatures back again. With a quarter page of simple counting text and three-quarters page of sumptuous watercolor and gouache, the story unfolds on many levels. The water hole itself is a concentric cutout oval that shrinks from page to page. There are silhouettes in the borders of the creatures indigenous to each country and those same animals are hidden in the dense background. A comic note is added with 10 frogs, some wearing clothes, whose numbers also decrease as the water dries up. While some children may miss the illustrative subtleties indicating that each water hole is actually in a different part of the world, this numerical and ecological companion to Animalia (Abrams, 1987) is a visual treat.-Beth Tegart, Oneida City Schools, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Child Magazine
A Child Magazine Best Book of 2001 Pick

One rhino, two tigers, and so on gather at a water hole that dwindles away with the turn of each page -- until renewed by a refreshing rain. Part counting book, part visual puzzle, part gentle environmental plea, this lush companion to Base's bestselling Animalia offers elaborately detailed vistas of diverse habitats and wildlife.

Kirkus Reviews
After the comic futuristic chronicle The Worst Band in the Universe (1999), Base returns to his Animalia (1987) roots. In big, natural scenes teeming with realistic detail, animals gather in increasing numbers around a waterhole that not only shifts from continent to continent with each turn of the page, but shrinks too, until "Ten Kangaroos" find only a dusty pit. Along with a superfluous die-cut hole, the artist adds a similarly shrinking crew of increasingly concerned-looking tropical frogs-some clad in bathing suits or pearls-to each spread, plus animal forms concealed within patterns of bark, rock, and foliage for the sharp of eye to pick out. It all makes an absorbing visual feast, and the ominous ecological theme is optimistically capped by a rainfall that restores the waterhole, bringing back many of the animals for a grand finale. This eye-filling, not altogether earnest counting book/consciousness-raiser will draw an unusually wide, and wide-eyed, audience. (Picture book. 4-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142401972
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/09/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
188,323
Product dimensions:
10.62(w) x 11.37(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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From the Publisher
An absorbing visual feast. (Kirkus Reviews)

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

Meet the Author

Graeme Base is the internationally celebrated creator of the best-selling alphabet book Animalia, as well as a number of other favorite illustrated books. He lives in Australia.

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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.