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The Waterhole - Graeme Base

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**Note: this is not The Waterhole for Education, but the GAME edition. Visit to access the Graeme Base Education Suite.**

Building on the great feedback we’ve received for our Animalia App for iPad and iPhone, we are excited to bring you the latest Graeme Base iPad App: ‘The Waterhole’.

4/5 stars - Digital Storytime Review
"Based on the 2001 print title, this fascinating app brings Graeme Base's tale about animals gathering at a waterhole to life. Filled with games and an interactive storybook, this app is sure to please young and old alike."

The original book is an ingenious fusion of counting book, puzzle book, storybook and art book – an exhilarating journey of discovery from the plains of Africa and the jungles of the Amazon to the woodlands of North America and the desert of outback Australia. Our App brings Graeme’s wonderful art to digital life with an animated read through and an array of games to challenge and delight kids and adults alike.


Although it can be fun to just read through the book with Graeme, there is a lot more going on behind the scenes.

After Graeme finishes reading each page, count up the animals on each page. Their silhouettes will appear in the border friezes.

And when you get to the Grand Finale page the counting takes on a whole new dimension!

Each illustration is set in a particular geographic location. Can you identify where we are in the world on each page? The original music soundtrack might give you a clue.


In each artwork there are ten hidden animals that live in that geographical region. Tap a silhouette animal in the border to highlight it then try to find the hidden version in the artwork. The hidden animal will glow and the border animal will transform into full colour. In the Grand Finale, the challenge is to find all the frogs that have gone missing!


Choose your favourite artwork then flip cards to match silhouette and colour animal pairs to reveal the art beneath. You can play solo, against the computer or against a friend. When you finish the puzzle watch the scene beneath bloom into full colour. The puzzles reset differently each time so you will never play the same game twice.


Try to get the red and green frogs from one side of the waterhole to the other. It looks easy but there is definitely a trick to it! Once you’ve mastered the technique with six frogs, try it with eight!

A review by Digital Storytime is available at


Graeme Base is the internationally acclaimed author of twelve books which have collectively sold in excess of five million copies worldwide. There is a special Anniversary Edition of Animalia to mark the 25th birthday of this classic book complete with a celebratory poster and puzzle challenge. Visit for more information.

iPad and iPhone versions of ‘Animalia’ are also available. Search ‘Animalia’ on the Appstore.


This app DOES NOT include social media links. game centre integration, in-app purchases, advertising, push notifications or any tracking of user data or analytics.

This app DOES include links to the external websites of AppBooks, Graeme Base and his book publishers.


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What's New in Version 1.2

This update addresses the issues experienced by some users updating to the previous version.

If you aren't experiencing any issues with the app there is no need to update to this version.

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Customer Reviews


It is a gorgeous book, now on ipad, we love it. Extra games and suitable music for every page brings the book to life. Only letdown: if you (accidently) activate copy/paste or enlarge or something else my 5-year old did, the hidden animal section crashes. Reinstallation fixes the problem.

Family Favourite

The Waterhole is our favourite Graeme Base book. So pleased the iPad version lives up to expectations. Beautiful illustrations, interaction on every page and added games makes this a great value app with added educational benefits.


same as drmrbob, worked for the first 2 days, then updated and blank white screens on 2 of the 4 options, story and find the animal. my last comments did not make the webpage, hopefully this will. let down.
Thanks for the update, fixed the problem, looking forward to sharing it with my son.

The Waterhole - Graeme Base
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  • $4.49
  • Category: Books
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  • Version: 1.2
  • Size: 205 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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