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Water Hole Waiting

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  37 ratings  ·  13 reviews
It's a hot day on the savanna. The sun sizzles, bristles, and bakes. A young monkey wants to drink at the water hole.

But wait!

Blocking the way are irritable hippos, sharphoofed zebras, a toothy lion, huge elephants, and a lurking crocodile. Will Monkey ever get to taste cool water? Why is waiting so hard?
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 26th 2002 by Greenwillow Books
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Liz Hammet
Water Hole Waiting is a book that is excellently written and illustrated. Jane Kurtz is the author and explores the senses of the reader as she carefully depicts the word usage for the plot of this book. The book is about a young monkey who is learning the rules about using the water hole. The young monkey is thirsty, but the mama monkey reminds the young monkey that he must not drink out of the water hole until the animals in front of him have cleared away. The mama tries to protect the young m ...more
Olivia Pitchford
Water Hole Waiting by Jane Kurtz is a very beautifully illustrated book (Lee Christiansen) that describes the habitat of a African savanna. This book takes us through the day of monkey who is trying to get to the watering hole, but his mother keeps stopping him due to the other animals of the savanna. Each time the monkey tries to go to the watering hole, a bigger and potentially animal is there. This book teaches its reader about different animals that can be seen at a watering hold at an Afric ...more
Michele Knott
Although this was a fiction book, it was filled with facts young children can discover about what happens at an African water hole. Lyrical language makes it a fun read for young readers.
Water Hole Waiting is a beautifully illustrated book about a family of vervet monkeys waiting their turn to drink at the water hole. There is some beautiful language in the book but at times feels a little forced to match the rhyme. There are lots of classroom uses for this book. Good mentor text for writing.
I really hate books with random rhyme schemes. They are very awkward to read out loud -- your voice can't catch a rhythm. This is one of those books. Randomly, the words will rhyme, and then they won't. no fun. not huge on the artwork, and the story itself isn't that engaging. Ultimately disappointed.
Scooping it Up
This wonderful children's book has very poetic text. Set in East Africa and through the eyes of a little monkey the reader sees who comes to visit a waterhole through the course of a day. My kids LOVE this and the vocabulary and metaphor stretched their understanding. LOVE this one.
This is a great story of the African Savannah. Great for literary devices. Simile, metaphor, you name it, it's in there. Also the endnote gives fuller explanations and descriptions of the animals mentioned in the text as well as the importance of water holes to that habitat.
The monkey has to wait for the waterhole to be open to drink. He waits all day as other animals go first. Delightful picture book for the child who loves animals.
Erika  Forth
I used this picture book to teach about setting. It had a very vivid setting. Would also work great for teaching onomatopoeia.
Allie Waugh
Great for sounds! Could spark research information about different animals in Africa. Write a story from their perspective?
I read this to my students when we were learning about story setting.
Jennifer Ho
A good book to use to teach children about the African savanna.
savannah/jungle, monkeys, families, water
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Jane Kurtz was born in Portland, Oregon, but when she was two years old, her parents moved to Ethiopia. Jane grew up in Maji, a small town in the southwest corner of the country.
Since there were no televisions, radios, or movies, her memories are of climbing mountains, wading in rivers by the waterfalls, listening to stories, and making up her own stories, which she and her sisters acted out for
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