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The Water Hole by Graeme Base
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The Water Hole (original 2001; edition 2001)

by Graeme Base

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As ever growing numbers of animals visit a watering hole, introducing the numbers from one to ten, the water dwindles.
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Title:The Water Hole
Authors:Graeme Base
Info:Harry N. Abrams (2001), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 32 pages
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The Water Hole by Graeme Base (2001)

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  Louijay | Apr 28, 2020 |
As one rhino gives way to two tigers on up to ten kangaroos, die-cut pages reveal the water hole in ten different worldwide habitats, from African plains to Himalayan mountains to the Australian outback, in a beautifully illustrated counting book.
  HeidiSki | Jul 12, 2019 |
This book had some of the best illustrations I have seen in awhile. They were very detailed and really would grasp anyones attention no matter the age reading the book. I like how the story started positive and ended on a positive note, because during the middle of the book the story had a negative outlook. ( )
  Mackenziesophia | Jan 13, 2018 |
Add, I agree, who can resist these illustrations? You would find something new each time you read it! "Who can resist the allure of the hidden wilderness water hole? Certainly not one rhino. Not two tigers. Nor three toucans. Pretty soon the delicious pool is drawing moose, catfish, pandas, tortoises... and more than 100 other critters from Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and beyond. But is it our imagination or is that rhino-sized water hole dwindling to a mere shadow of its former self, a puddle not fit for eight ladybugs, let alone 10 kangaroos? As the seasons change across the world, and the animals get thirstier, the water supply diminishes. Eventually, even the flowery-shirted frog that has stoically lingered through the drought packs his suitcase and takes off. The only hope now is a drop of rain on the parched earth..."
  HoughHouse | Jul 21, 2017 |
The Water Hole has amazing illustrations. The pages have a water hole on each two page spreed. there is a cut out portion of the water hole adding depth to the picture. Different animals for different countries each visit to water hole. with each animal the number raises from one to ten. as the number of animals rise the water hole shrinks. There are animal hidden in the background. "As ever-growing number of animals visit a watering hole, introducing the number from one to ten, the water dwindles."
  Andews | Jul 15, 2017 |
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Down to the secret water hold the animals all come.
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Also available as a board book with the title The Water Hole ; a Counting Book. Please do not combine.
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As ever growing numbers of animals visit a watering hole, introducing the numbers from one to ten, the water dwindles.

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This book tells the story of many different breed of animals in the wild all drinking out of one drinking hole. As the different kind of animals come up to drink the water they notice that the hole is getting smaller and smaller. Soon enough there is no water left at the drinking hole and all the animals leave that area. Not too long after all the animals have left the area, a big storm comes in and it rains and rains and rains. Soon after all the rain has come in the water hole is full again and all the animals soon return to gather around the water hole to drink there water. The book has cutouts so that the water hole gets smaller and smaller as time passes. Be sure to look carefully at the page after they've all gone.

"The Water Hole was inspired by a four-week sight-seeing safari through Kenya and Tanzania. I had in mind a simple story about the cycles of seasons on the African plains, but the idea gradually expanded to embrace other countrie and their wildlife, in the process giving the central image of the water hole a certain metaphorical significance -- and, of course, providing me with the perfect excuse to draw lots of animals from other parts of the world as well!

The illustrations were made with watercolors, pencil, and gouache on hot-press illustration board.

Graeme Base"
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