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Book Title: The Water Hole|
The author of the book: Graeme Base
Date of issue: March 3rd 2003
ISBN 13: 9780140567533
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 958 KB
Edition: Puffin Books
Read full description of the books The Water Hole:For me (and likely for many), the absolute star of Graeme Base's deceptively simple counting book (that is to say that the text itself is straight forward and simple), are the puzzles (the I spy animals) hidden in the intricate and detailed illustrations. It not only trains children in a fun type of "game" how to recognise patterns and the like, it also might just give them a chance to shine, to be better than their parents (children are actually often better than many adults at these types of puzzle like actvities, and I personally think it does wonders for a child's spirit and self-worth to actually be able to do something that their parents perhaps cannot do, or cannot do as well). That being all said, I do rather wish that Graeme Base had added more endangered and/or extinct animals in some of the illustrations. The picture, the illustation spread featuring hidden animals of Europe, for example, would have been both more poignant, more thought-provoking and interesting if some of the animals to be located had been of severely, critically endangered species like the Iberian Ibex or the Wisent (the Eurasian Buffalo).
But really and actually, what I in many ways most appreciate about The Water Hole is the fact that while an important and essential environmental message (regarding water conservation especially) is present, it exists without hitting readers (or listeners) over the head with it (and I do appreciate the fact that ALL of the hidden animal images in the picture of the dried up water hole are animal species now generally EXTINCT or believed to be this). While more message-heavy environmental and ecology themed picture books definitely have their place, I think it is equally essential for illustrated children's books with more subtle environmental messages to also be available. A truly wonderful counting book, that is actually so much more, Graeme Base's The Water Hole is highly recommended (it is both multi-use and multi-generational, a combination of fun and education for everyone ).
Read information about the authorGraeme Rowland Base is a successful Australian author and artist of picture books that have been sold internationally. He is perhaps best known for his second book, Animalia published in 1986, and third book The Eleventh Hour which was released in 1989.
He was born in England but moved to Australia with his family at the age of eight and has lived there ever since. He attended Box Hill High School and Melbourne High School in Melbourne, and then studied a Diploma of Art (Graphic Design) for three years at Swinburne University of Technology at Prahran.
He worked in advertising for two years and then began illustrating children's books, gradually moving to authoring them as well.
Graeme resides in Melbourne with his wife Robyn and has three children.
Winner of the Dromkeen Medal (1998).
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