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The Water Hole ** S I G N E D ** FIRST EDITION -

Base, Graeme

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ISBN 10: 0810945681 / ISBN 13: 9780810945685
Published by Harry Abrams, Inc., 2001
Condition: As New Hardcover
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FIRST American Edition, a FLAWLESS copy. * SIGNED * by author on title page, where he also drew a leaping frog above his signature NOT Inscribed. Orange end-papers, clean, no markings. Dust jacket has price intact and mirrors the glossy pictorial book boards. Fabulous item. Mylar protected jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 000469

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Title: The Water Hole ** S I G N E D ** FIRST ...

Publisher: Harry Abrams, Inc.

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Synopsis:

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.

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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...

With his usual elaborate detail, Graeme Base, mad genius behind Animalia, The Eleventh Hour: A Curious Mystery, and other wild and wonderful titles, presents a one-of-a-kind counting book. Naturally, Base would never be content to stick with a simple 1 through 10 format. Readers of all ages will linger over each spread, first counting the highlighted animals and giggling at the translation of their grunts and growls (the moose's "Moo, moo, mooooooiii!" means "Hey, get your hoof out of my ear!"). Then it's time to check out the diminishing size of the die-cut hole in the pond. And finally, readers will want to find each of the 10 additional animals cleverly hidden in every illustration, based on the silhouetted creatures in the border. A safari on paper--with an environmental and mathematical education thrown in for good measure. (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter

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