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Tales from the Waterhole

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  61 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
The extraordinarily gifted illustrator and storyteller Bob Graham turns his distinctive attention to the animals of the African plains.

Morris the crocodile and his best friend, Billy, a tortoise, like nothing better than messing around down at the waterhole. After all, that’s where their friends gather: zebras, hippos, giraffes, elephants, warthogs, and all the rest. In fi
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published April 12th 2004 by Candlewick (first published January 1st 2004)
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Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
This is a cute book that contains five short stories. While they all centre around Morris the crocodile and his family and friends, each story is a stand-alone tale. There's a lot of humour, including Morris' Mum whose new swimsuit makes her look like a fruit salad, the Wildebeest family that are about to go on a walking holiday, and a football match in which a mother giraffe kicks the winning goal. The only thing I didn't like was that the first story includes a bit where it says that Morris an ...more
May 02, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, juv
Tales from the Waterhole features wild animals such a crocodiles, giraffes, hippos and wilder beasts acting like everyday kids, They have to go clothes shopping with their moms and watch their little brothers.
Graham's watercolor, pen-and-ink illustrations are fun and colorful. They show families enjoying a hot summer in the African savanna before the rains come.

Recommended for grades Kindergarten - 3
The Styling Librarian
Tales from the Waterhole by Bob Graham - Quite a cute story to enjoy with animals in Africa living at a waterhole. I rolled my eyes a few times at the love interest storyline, couldn't figure out what age the animals were supposed to be... but it was a quick entertaining chapter book that my son laughed over. Reminded me of George and Martha stories by James Marshall.
Sep 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
PB 6: I enjoyed the illustrations more than the stories in this book. The book really has five stories in it with the same characters which I thought was neat. It is a good way to introduce what a chapter book is to kids.
Nov 29, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took us a while to get into this book. There are 5 stories in this book, kind of like chapters but each story stands alone. It was the 3rd story before we really started appreciating the humor and the characters, which are really cute.
African animals find friendship and fun around the waterhole in this series of five short stories good for the transitional readers. Nice illustrations.
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute little chapter book (4 chapters) about the family life of crocodiles.
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An Australian children's author and illustrator. His books include Max, which won the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize Gold Award, Jethro Byrd, Fairy Child, which won the Kate Greenaway Medal, and "Let's Get A Pup!" Said Kate which won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award
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