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The Water Hole

By (author) Graeme Base , Illustrated by Graeme Base

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"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?

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  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 270 x 286 x 22mm | 621.42g
  • 24 Sep 2001
  • Abrams
  • New York
  • English
  • 32 pages of colour illustrations
  • 0810945681
  • 9780810945685
  • 18,148

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Graeme Base is one of the world's favorite creators of picture books. Abrams has published all of his books in the United States. They include The Eleventh Hour, called "a visual feast, ingeniously prepared," by Parents magazine. His other titles include The Sign of the Seahorse, The Discovery of Dragons, and The Worst Band in the Universe. "Graeme Base's picture books sparkle with the spirit of their creator," says the Boston Sunday Herald. Graeme Base lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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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)" (Kirkus Reviews)

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