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From Barnes & NobleThe Barnes & Noble Review
From the genius behind the bestselling Animalia comes another gorgeous celebration of the wildlife of planet Earth. Combining Graeme Base's outstanding illustrating skill, a simple math lesson, and a subtle message about the circle of life, The Water Hole is a true work of art.
The story line focuses on the residents of a water hole in every habitat, starting with one rhino in Africa and continuing with two tigers in India, three toucans in South America, and so on. All drink from their respective water holes. But something is happening -- the water hole is getting smaller. By the time the reader reaches the ten kangaroos in Australia, the water is gone, and the animals disappear. It is only when the next rain falls that the animals can return. And that they do, in a spectacular final scene.
Bases's illustrations are lush, to say the least. The gorgeous colors of nature, from the striped tiger to the quirky catfish, are energetic and true to life, which makes the the disappearance of the animals, leaving a grey and barren world, that much more intense. And no one can make as big a statement with a single drop of water as can Graeme Base. That single drop takes up the bulk of the page and in one quick instance captures the wonder of nature.
Young readers, and adults as well, will relish the detail and joy of this phenomenal book. It's a perfect companion to Animalia and a wonderful addition to anyone's bookshelf. (Amy Barkat)