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Water Hole Waiting

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  51 Ratings  ·  15 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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Olivia Pitchford
Nov 28, 2012 Olivia Pitchford rated it liked it
Shelves: informational
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
Liz Hammet
Nov 28, 2012 Liz Hammet rated it really liked it
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
Traci Bold
Jul 12, 2016 Traci Bold rated it really liked it
One never quite knows how rough life is in the savannah for animals unless one happens to live there so this beautiful book by Jane and Christopher Kurtz, illustrated by Lee Christiansen takes us there to see little monkeys plight to quench his thirst.

Published by Greenwillow Books.
#savannah #animals #Africa
Jul 23, 2010 Malissa rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction-kids
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.
Oct 14, 2011 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Scooping it Up
Sep 16, 2009 Scooping it Up rated it it was amazing
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.
May 13, 2008 Sarah rated it it was amazing
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.
May 31, 2008 Lindsay rated it really liked it
savannah/jungle, monkeys, families, water
Michele Knott
Feb 09, 2014 Michele Knott rated it really liked it
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.
Allie Waugh
Apr 20, 2013 Allie Waugh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-read-picture
Great for sounds! Could spark research information about different animals in Africa. Write a story from their perspective?
Oct 09, 2012 Erin rated it liked it
I read this to my students when we were learning about story setting.
Erika  Forth
Sep 09, 2011 Erika Forth rated it really liked it
I used this picture book to teach about setting. It had a very vivid setting. Would also work great for teaching onomatopoeia.
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Aug 30, 2016 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
Cute book. Monkey needs to learn patients and listen to mom.
Finny rated it really liked it
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Apr 30, 2010 Jennifer Ho rated it liked it
A good book to use to teach children about the African savanna.
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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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