The Water Hole and other things to read

We’ve been reading picture books this week, and I must admit the pictures in these books are sometimes what make the stories. This week I have two such books to share with you.

The Water Hole by Graeme Base is a standout among all the books we’ve been reading this week. It is the fabulously illustrated story of animals gathering around the water hole for a drink. It sounds simple, and in some ways it is, but it is a book that you can spend hours on. We poured over the pictures together admiring their artistry and searching out all of the hidden animals. It is a truly wonderful book and well worth adding to your family’s library.

The second book we recommend this week is an old favourite of ours: You Can’t Take a Balloon Into the National Gallery, by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman. The book has no text, but the drawings form a gorgeous narrative all on their own that it perfect for inventing the dialogue between characters, for copying elements out of the drawings when you are feeling artistic, or for just exploring the pictures while tucked under a blanket on a quiet, rainy afternoon. Each page is a marvelously clever echo of a famous artwork on display at the gallery, and the originals are shown amidst the action on each page so the kids are able to find the parallels for themselves. It is one of those books that you’ll go back to again and again.

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