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Dear Wandering Wildebeest: And Other Poems from the Water Hole

Welcome wildebeest / and beetle, / Oxpecker and lion. / This water hole is yours. / It offers you oasis / beside its shrinking shores. Spend a day at a water hole on the African grasslands. Read More →

  • ATOS: 5.0
  • Dewey: 811'.6



African animals gather at a watering hole in this collection of pithy, informative poems that revel in wordplay. Large, expressive illustrations complement the text, making this ideal for both classroom use and independent reading.


Library Media Connection

“[F]un, descriptive poems about intriguing animals…presented in an entertaining, light manner with playful illustrations.”―Library Media Connection


The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Fifteen poems capture the denizens of the African water hole, from impalas and elephants to oxpecker birds and dung beetles. Entries vary between rhymed and unrhymed, but all are compact, rhythmic, and short-lined, with frequent tasty soundplay (‘white tackles/ in a rugby tangle’) that…



“A fine volume of verse for independent reading or sharing with a class.” —Booklist


Publishers Weekly

“An assured and often amusing grouping of verse that informs as it entertains.” —Publishers Weekly


Kirkus Reviews

“Latham’s finely crafted verse, at once humorous and serious, dazzlingly opens the imagination to the wilds of the world. Enlightening and engaging, a thrilling panorama of the diversity to be found throughout the animal kingdom.” —starred, Kirkus Reviews


School Library Journal

“This will be a much-sought-after book for teaching reading and inquiry skills…. A strong choice.” —starred, School Library Journal