The Water Hole, Hardback Book
4 out of 5 (3 ratings)


"The Water Hole" is a fusion of counting book, puzzle book, storybook and art book.

Graeme Base takes the reader on a journey of discovery, from the plains of Africa and the jungles of the Amazon to the woodlands of North America and the deserts of the Australian outback.

As one rhino gives way to two tigers, with three toucans waiting in the wings, the tale unfolds on many levels.

Page by page the numbers increase as the animals come to their water hole to drink.

But at the same time, the cast of frogs frolicking by the water hole is diminishing.

What is going on?


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 32 pages, 32 pages of colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Abrams
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Picture books
  • ISBN: 9780810945685

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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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I've been hearing good things about Australian picture-book author/artist Graeme Base for some time now, so when <u>Water Hole</u> was chosen as one of our April selections in the <i>Picture-Book Club</i> to which I belong, I was quite excited to sample his work! This beautifully-illustrated counting book follows a series of animals, from all parts of the globe, as they come to the same watering hole to drink. A rhinoceros from Africa, two tigers from India, three toucans from South America, four snow leopards from the Himalayas, five moose from North America, and five other sets of creatures, all appear at the shrinking water hole, until the day there is nothing left. Is this the end of the story, or will the water return...?This would be an excellent book to use to introduce the concept of rainy and dry seasons to younger children. Of course, the animals depicted don't all come from the same type of ecosystem, and many of them would never meet up in the wild, but the fantasy element allows Base to tie them all together, and to highlight the fact that <i>all</i> life is dependent upon water. The illustrations are eye-poppingly gorgeous, making this more than just a fun counting book! I imagine that children will enjoy poring over the artwork, finding and identifying all the animals in the paintings (each page has a little guide along the borders). Definitely one that young animal-lovers will want to check out!

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This is a really fun book, it is set in a jungle and begins with just one rhino drinking at the watering hole and each page more and more animals show up at the watering hole to drink. The book counts up from one to ten. Animals come from all over like tigers, pandas, moose, and tortoises show up to get some water! On each page it shows by cut out holes around the watering hole just how much water is left. When the ten kangaroos arrived to drink from the watering hole, there was nothing left for them to drink so every single last animal left. Until it rained hard one day and it rained and rained. All the animals celebrated and came together to drink from the watering hole. I loved that on the last page it told that reader where each of the animals from each page came from around the world. the rhino was from Africa while the four snow leopards came from the Himalayas. The story kept the reader informed about the need for water for all animals all over the world and was consistent in counting the animals up to ten. I loved animals growing up and I remember watching The Wild Thronberry's teach me about how much water animals need and what happens during a drought. The overall message of this book was to teach readers about counting to ten and to have an understanding of the need for water and that all the animals must leave if there isn't any water.

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