Latham offers young readers a window into life among the African savanna
in this collection of fifteen entertaining and descriptive poems that chronicle
visits to a life-sustaining waterhole. Lion, rhino, and giraffe each have their
moment in the spotlight as do some lesser-known creatures -- dung beetles,
oxpeckers, and nightjars as Latham follows the succession of life from sun-up
to night fall. Sidebars provide additional facts. A glossary and additional
reading rounds out the book.
Wadham's soft colors are engaging without overpowering the verses.