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Duck! Rabbit!

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  7,088 ratings  ·  523 reviews
From the award-winning author of Little Pea, Little Hoot, and Little Oink comes a clever take on the age-old optical illusion: is it a duck or a rabbit? Depends on how you look at it! Readers will find more than just Amy Krouse Rosenthal's signature humor herethere's also a subtle lesson for kids who don't know when to let go of an argument. A smart, simple story that will ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 11th 2009 by Chronicle Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Susan Mortimer
Nov 20, 2009 Susan Mortimer rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Ages 3-7
Shelves: lis-565
What a fun book! This is a story of two (off-stage) people looking at the same object and seeing two entirely different things (is it a duck, or is it a rabbit?). The beauty of this book is that the object we are looking at is such a simply illustrated form, and it will be quite easy for younger children to look at the picture and immediately identify it as one or the other. The fun comes in throughout the subsequent pages, as both of the people offer up compelling evidence to convince the other ...more
Two off-page voices argue back and forth about whether they are looking at a duck or a rabbit. Children will probably first see only one of the animals, but when a piece of bread appears almost in the duck’s bill they will see the duck. Then when the carrot is offered to the rabbit, they will see the rabbit. This is a great visual puzzle that will get children ready to look at more complex optical illusions. The book is infused with humor that will keep any youngster from feeling badly if they c ...more
Um livro muito divertido que o meu filho mais novo adorou ler, com diálogos simples, excelentes para quem começou agora a dar os primeiros passos na leitura
Rosenthal, Amy Krouse. Duck! Rabbit! illus. by Tom Lichtenheld. Chronicle Books. Trade. ISBN 978-8118-6865-5 $16.99. unpaged. (Preschool, Primary).

Duck! Rabbit! is told by two unidentified characters in first person narrative each believing the animal is a duck or a rabbit. Sparse, bold, simple text is found in the upper top left and right hand corners of each page. "Hey, look! A duck"! "That's not a duck. That's a rabbit"! "Are you kidding me? It's totally a duck." "It's for sure a rabbit." Thi
Hayden Drescher
Duck Rabbit is a simple book with a complex lesson. Every page has the duck-rabbit optical illusion being argued over by 2 voices that either thinks the animal is a duck, or a rabbit. They both argue their assumption based on what is doing, what is looks like, what sound it makes, where it is, and many renditions of those in one; all by only looking at the head of the animal.
This book is such a clever way of teaching lesson(s) on perspective and debate. I would use this book in a middle school
We don't see the narrators of the book. All we see of them is their conversation as they debate the exact taxonomy of the strange creature pictured on the cover. Is it a duck getting a drink of water? Or a rabbit cooling his ears? Maybe the duck wading in the swamp - or is that a rabbit hopping through the grass?

The language is very simple, which makes it ideal both for reading to a small child or for an early reader to read to you. My niece was able to read it prior to starting the first grade,
The "piece de resistance" of this weeks story time was this recent gem. The "argumentative" format is perfect for two story performers but just as good with one. The question is, "Is this a duck? Or is this a rabbit?"

It provided a nice segue into a paper craft called, "My little duck is very funny -- Turn him over and he's a bunny." I suspect this verse may have been Amy Krouse Rosenthal's inspiration for her clever story.

I have been unsuccessful finding the pattern I used on a web search. I cu
James Klagge
This is a children's book that plays with the idea that shapes can be ambiguous. An early 20th Century psychologist, Jastrow, invented the figure that looks like the head of a duck and/or the head of a rabbit (the duck's beak being the rabbit's ears). This was popularized by Wittgenstein's use of it in his Philosophical Investigations, in the course of a discussion of seeing something AS something--what exactly IS the difference between seeing this as a rabbit and seeing it as a duck? The figure ...more
5 STARS FOR CONCEPT, THREE FOR EXECUTION. Love the concept of this story! I think I was just expecting a bit more. Would have been fun to see a variety of animals like the duck/rabbit doing various things, but I still feel this is a really important story to share with kids--shows how we can have different perspectives on an issue and there is not necessarily a "right" and "wrong" involved.

I still prefer a book from my childhood, called "It Looks Like This" with a variety of mice looking through
Leslie Nunez
This is a very cute and funny story, super fun to read.This book is about two characters, who are never revealed, arguing about whether the animal they see is a duck or rabbit. The pictures are very simple, with just a picture of the animal (duck or rabbit) in the center and the words of the two characters we don't see on each side of the page. When I first looked at the picture of the animal, I definitely thought it was a duck, but as one of the characters kept pointing out how much it looked l ...more
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In Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld’s Duck! Rabbit!, we start off with an unusual conundrum: Nobody is really sure what the main character actually is. We’re pretty sure it’s an animal. Of some sort. We’ve got it narrowed down to two, but that’s as close as we can guess. S/he could be a duck – see there? The bill, and the bread eating? or S/he could be a rabbit – only witness the carrot snack and the long, pointed ears. There’s really no telling, I suppose. In the end, it a
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I imagine it would be hard to be on an awards committee and have to separate your love of an author's work, i.e. Amy Krouse Rosenthal from the particular book under consideration. Duck! Rabbit! is a clever, charming, visual treat for both very young children and slightly older ones who will be tickled to get the joke. One of my favorites from our Mock Caldecott contenders but can anyone say it's more distinguished than, say, Jerry Pinkney's Lion and the Mouse? Probably not but the kids will love ...more
Ruth Ruiz
I gave this book 5 stars. It is so cute!!! This book is about two characters, who are never revealed, arguing about whether the animal they see is a duck or rabbit. The pictures are very simple, with just a picture of the animal (duck or rabbit) in the center and the words of the two characters we don't see on each side of the page. When I first looked at the picture of the animal, I definitely thought it was a duck, but as one of the characters kept pointing out how much it looked like a duck, ...more
I've used this book in preschool story time twice now, and I just love it. It is so amazing to watch the kids' eyes bug out when their minds are blown that the shape could be EITHER A DUCK OR A RABBIT! OMGWHAT??? I ask them throughout the book whether they think it's a duck or rabbit, and invariably half of them change their minds halfway through. It's awesome. I love playing with perception.
A silly read aloud that'll divide your audience into ducks vs. rabbits. The picture is up for debate and while the background changes around it and may influence your decision, neither answer is correct or incorrect because it's all a matter of how you see it.

Ink, watercolor, and colored pencils were used in creating the artwork. This is a fun read for PreK-2.
Rosenthal, A.K., Lichtenheld, T. (Illustrator). (2009). Duck! Rabbit! San Francisco: Chronicle Books.



This book is about two children who cannot make up their minds over the creature in front of them. Is it a duck, or is it a rabbit? They try investigating and viewing the creature through different perspectives and view points, and through a minor argument end up scaring it away. The illustrator, Lichtenheld, uses the talent of optical illusion to his advantage for a great children
Dec 01, 2009 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2009, childrens
This is a fun story about perspective and optical illusions. What do you see? A duck? A rabbit? Our girls really enjoyed this story when we read it at bedtime, but they really loved the "Tumblebooks" version ( that has some animation with it. They watched it over and over.
now when i'm in a store with ellie and she ducks behind something to hide from me I just say, "Duck!" and I hear a little "Rabbit" come back at me. I know I've met a fellow children's lit reader when the exchange draws a knowing smile. A cute introduction to optical illusion sort of drawings.
"Duck! Rabbit!" reminded me of the optical illusions classmates and I could not get enough of in upper elementary and middle school. I loved being able to see two pictures in the same drawing. Focusing on one element over another could make the brain see either a young or old woman. Just like those illusions, I liked it when I could see both the duck and the rabbit.

This book reminded me of another picture book I've read titled, "Exclamation Mark." I wasn't surprised to learn that the same author
Now, I do not add every picture book I read at work, but this book made me smile and shake my head in confusion. I still don't know if it is a duck or a rabbit! Would be a fun group read a loud.
This board book version of the wonderfully humorous picture book Duck! Rabbit? proves that what we see really is a matter of perspective. Two friends enjoying the great out of doors spot something interesting and proceed to argue over what they are seeing is a duck or a rabbit. By the time the book comes to a close, they even switch sides. The ink, watercolor, and colored pencil illustrations show how the two could have seen things from their own points of view. While this is perfect for sharing ...more
Is it a duck? A rabbit? Both neither? Two unknown voices make compelling arguments for each and you will have to read the book to find out the answer.
Camille Ryckman
Duck! Rabbit!
Brief summary This is a picture book that must be seen to really appreciate. There is an argument off the page of whether or not the illustration is a duck or a rabbit. Each give their side until they agree with each other until the next picture
Annotation - a great way to introduce perception and to ask children what they see.
Age appropriateness
Connection to six early literacy skills
Print Motivation - The story keeps the reader going and the reader will want to grab this book so th
Metafiction. It's a duck. No it's a rabbit. It's definitely a duck......or a rabbit. This is a fun book about perspective. There are two narrators who can't decide whether they are looking at a duck or a rabbit. The reader gets to see both sides of the issue. This is a very clever book.
I could use this book in my classroom to teach several things. I could use it to teach perspective, especially when paired with another book where the perspective of a well known story is changed, like The True St
Duck! Rabbit! proved to me that I am an adult who has lost some imagination. This book challenges our visual perspective. It shows us that a single image can be one thing to one person, and a totally different thing to another person. The duck wades through the swamp, but the same picture proves the other perspective is the rabbit hiding in the grass.

I loved that I was fooled into thinking that another picture and character was going to be introduced. It took me a few pages of reading to realize
Ken Martin
Duck! Rabit! This was a very cool book. The entire time I was reading this book I kept thinking to myself I would love to read this to children. I can just imagine them going crazy over what they see. This book will help children reflect and formulate their own opinions on what they see. It would spark playful discussion in the classroom and at the same time help children really analyze a text. This book could really help with a child that might need to learn to really concentrate on something. ...more
This book makes me wish I was still working directly with children - I would LOVE to use it in storytime!
My children adore this book; I don't think it's Rosenthal's best, but it's very fun to read
Too much fun! A charming way to introduce perspective to even the youngest book lovers.
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