Monday, May 12, 2008

Children's Book Monday

The Water Hole
by: Graeme Base

This author brought back memories from childhood when my siblings and I fought and devoured his book The Eleventh Hour.

But this book is geared toward younger kids and is a counting book. Spectacular illustrations cover each and every page with vivid colors and amazing animals. At the center of everyone's attention is the water hole which is cut out and as you progress through the book it keeps shrinking until there is none left.......and then it rains! What is unique about this book is that with each new number (up to 10) and each page the animals are from a different part of the world. You travel from South America to India, from rivers and ponds to the deserts of Australia. Also unique to all of Graeme Base's books are the hidden animals in the background of the pictures. My kids are a bit too young to pick up on some of them but it's fun for older kids and adults to ferret them out. We all enjoyed drinking in the beautiful colors and scenes from this book and even my 3yo was enthralled with the shrinking water pool:)
Graeme Base has several other books that are well worth checking out.

Don't miss checking out A Path Made Straight for more great book ideas!


  1. I love the quote on your header!

    That book sounds perfect for my animal obsessed son. Thanks for the review.

  2. Ooooh - another Graeme Base book! And one I haven't heard of! I know it will be great, based on your recommendation and the artists talent! Thanks so much for sharing!


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