Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

A Hole Is to Dig by Ruth Krauss

A Hole Is to Dig

by Ruth Krauss

Other authors: Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
579917,082 (4.14)7

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 7 mentions

Showing 1-5 of 9 (next | show all)
30 months - O wasn't overly interested in reading this one. We managed to give it two reads and it was alright but not an attention grabber. ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
I'm sure I read this as a child, but I think I enjoyed it even more this time.
"Mud is to jump in and slide in and yell doodledoodledoo."
"A dream is to look at the night and see things."
The book itself is a nice small-format cozy, just right for a child's small hands, perfect to be his own treasure to carry around and dip into often and again.

I want to get it for my own permanent collection, along with the sequel (!) [b:Open House for Butterflies|22765|Open House for Butterflies|Ruth Krauss|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1386923640s/22765.jpg|23772]. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
In my opinion, A Hole Is To Dig is a fantastic children’s book for young children who are just beginning to read. The first reason why I like this book is because each phrase or sentence that you read throughout the book teaches the reader. It defines why you have certain things and what they are used for. For example, “a hand is to hold up when you want your turn,” and “Toes are to dance on. Eyebrows are to go over your eyes.” These cute little phrases make it easy for children to understand why they have such things. Second, I love that the pictures tell the exact story that the words do, and are very well drawn all across the pages. What I mean by telling the story is that if you were to not read the text on the pages you would still be able to understand what is going on. On one page it states “a whistle is to make people jump,” and in the picture shown above it, a little boy and girl are blowing their whistles as two other children are jumping in the air. There are pictures that go with everything that is defined throughout the story. Lastly, I liked this book because of the way the text is formatted throughout the pages. Rather than having the text in paragraph form on each page, they are scattered all around the pages. Some are indented to the left with a photo to the right of it, while some are right in the center with the picture above it. The main idea that I got from this book was to help teach students the simplest definitions. On the cover of the book it reads “a first book of first definitions.” ( )
  margan1 | Sep 15, 2014 |
What next, what it's used for and why it's what it is.
  rjames1071 | Nov 7, 2013 |
An irresistible book! I know it is irresistible because I left it on the dining room table and my roommate and her mother (a former kindergarten teacher) picked it up and read it in my absence. This "first book of first definitions" is centered around the idea of a hole, and I wouldn't be surprised if kids wanted to go outside and dig one after reading it. However, all the "definitions" are sweet, funny, and even profound. The illustrations by the late Maruice Sendak are amazing and each worth studying in detail. A must-read for the younger children; I would read it to kids ages 2-6. ( )
  SylviaSmile | Apr 10, 2013 |
Showing 1-5 of 9 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ruth Kraussprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sendak, MauriceIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 006443205X, Paperback)

What is a hole?
A hole is when you step in it
you go down

A hole is
for a mouse
to live in.

And, of course,a hole is to dig.

This is the funniest book
of definitions you'll ever read!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:13:00 -0400)

(see all 4 descriptions)

Nursery school children's "definitions" of everyday objects reveal their different view of the world in a humorous way.

» see all 2 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
35 wanted1 pay3 pay

Popular covers


Average: (4.14)
1 2
2 2
2.5 2
3 9
4 23
4.5 2
5 31

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Store | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 100,887,836 books! | Top bar: Always visible