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Duck! Rabbit!

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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 it was amazing
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
Nov 01, 2015 Rossy added it
Shelves: children-s
Two characters are discussing whether a picture they see is a duck or a rabbit. It's the classic optical illusion, but it's matter of perspective. When they add certain things to support their point of view, the other adds something too and you actually see both!
Personally, I am team rabbit! :)
May 04, 2015 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: filhotes
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
Mar 16, 2009 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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
James Klagge
Jul 23, 2011 James Klagge rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy, children
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
Jul 28, 2009 Kathryn rated it really liked it
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
Dec 05, 2009 Stephanie rated it really liked it
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
Sep 06, 2012 Hayden Drescher rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-bookshelf
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
Dec 07, 2009 Connie rated it liked it
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,
Ruthie Jones
Jun 04, 2016 Ruthie Jones rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-harder-2016
What a great book about perspective. Obviously, the little ones won't grasp that lesson, but hopefully older readers reading to children will understand and pass it on. Not everyone sees the same thing; each view is right, and no view should be outright dismissed as wrong. Multiple viewpoints are a good thing!

Duck! Rabbit! is a simple story with a powerful reminder of the importance of accepting another's perspective that may differ from your own.
Stef Rozitis
I really loved this book, because in the simplest and most playful way it calls into question point-of-view and discourse. YES!!!! Show children this as early as possible in life and then encourage them to use that way of seeing on every other text they ever come to!!!!

I think for the very earliest age-group you would struggle to come up with a better book than this!
Apr 26, 2016 Vivian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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
Shane Jeffrey
Jul 24, 2015 Shane Jeffrey rated it it was amazing
I love this book! It's super fun!
Maribeth Carreon
Mar 16, 2016 Maribeth Carreon rated it really liked it
This type of book gives children the opportunity to learn different perspectives. The image of the white duck or rabbit represents a type of illusion called optical illusion. This means when the human eye visually sees one reality of a photograph over the other causing conflict between what is actually real. Based on this definition, the book teaches a lesson through an argument between two individuals who see differently. Both want to convince the other that their way is right but there are man ...more
Courtney Forte
Feb 02, 2016 Courtney Forte rated it liked it
Duck Rabbit is a book that starts off with a picture of what looks to be a duck and a rabbit. There are two voice perspectives from the book, which one sees the duck while the other sees the rabbit. The book proceeds to have comical controversy about what the picture actually is. At the end of the book the two characters switch ideas about what the picture is and actually begin to think the opposite of what they did in the beginning. I think a theme of this book is about how in life there are di ...more
Katherine Wilson
Jan 26, 2016 Katherine Wilson rated it really liked it
This is a children's picture book with 2 children as the voice of the book fighting over whether they see a duck or rabbit. Depending on the way you look at the picture, the student's perception can be different. At the end of the book, they change their minds and think the opposite of what they thought throughout the story. This book could be used in several ways during the classroom. Children could make verbal arguments for whether or not the animal is a duck or rabbit by using the pictures. O ...more
Evie Milburn
Title: Duck! Rabbit!
Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Illustrator: Tom Lichtenheld
Genre: Online Book
Theme(s): imagination, animals, creativity, differences
Opening line/sentence: Hey, look! A duck!
Brief Book Summary: This is a story about two children looking up at the clouds. The two children see the cloud as two different objects. One sees it as a duck and the other sees the cloud as a rabbit. By the end of the story both children see the other animal in the cloud.
Professional Recommendation/Review
Oct 13, 2015 YUE LE rated it it was amazing
Shelves: predictable
Title: Duck! Rabbit!
Author: Rosenthal, Amy Krouse, author.
Illustrator: Tom Lichenheld
Genre: picture book, predictable book, Board book
Theme(s): different views
Opening line/sentence: Hey, Look! A Duck!
Brief Book Summary:
Is it a duck or a rabbit? Depends on how you look at it. In the book there is pictures of a duck and/or a rabbit. Sometime it looks like a duck but sometime it looks like a rabbit!
Professional Recommendation/Review #1:
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Libby Hutchison
Sep 29, 2015 Libby Hutchison rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderfully written traditional children's book and was a very good read. It was a rather short story, however it contained a very much deeper meaning than just the words written in the book. This story is seen from two different perceptions. One voice in the book sees the main character as a duck while the other voice in the book sees the main character as a rabbit. The story goes back and fourth, each voice speaking what they thing the rabbit/duck is doing at that moment.

I believe t
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
Dec 06, 2014 NTE rated it really liked it
Read for CBR6

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
Mar 24, 2014 Laurie rated it liked it
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Dec 03, 2009 Toby rated it it was amazing
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
Gabrielle Pulito
Oct 13, 2015 Gabrielle Pulito marked it as to-read
Title: italicize Duck! Rabbit!
Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Illustrator: Tom Lichtenheld
Genre: Online book (tumble book)
Theme(s): Wonder, Confusion
Opening line/sentence: Hey, look! A duck!
Brief Book Summary: A familiar drawing of a duck or rabbit is portrayed causing the narrators of the story to battle back in forth explaining why the animal is either a rabbit or a duck. After the rabbit-duck is scared away the two narrators see each others view of the animal then as the book finishes they see
Monica Kemp
Jan 30, 2016 Monica Kemp rated it really liked it
Summary: This book is written as dialogue between two people. They are debating whether what they see is a duck or a rabbit. The author allows the narrators to give multiple reasons for why what they see is a duck or a rabbit. The illustration make you think hard about who’s side you are really on.

Theme: This story allows for debate and openness to another’s point of view.

Personal Response: It touches on the ability to see things from another person’s point of view. I love listening to childre
Jamie Therriault
Jul 31, 2015 Jamie Therriault rated it really liked it
Estimate of age level of interest: pre K -4th
Estimate of reading level: pre K- 2nd grade

Brief Description: Is it a picture of a duck? Or is it a picture of a rabbit? Two kiddos give their evidence as to why they think the illustration is a duck, or a rabbit.

Identify at least 2 characteristics of this genre and subgenre and discuss how they appear in your book:
This online version of this story is pretty neat. This children's picture book is fun for kids to read and discuss. The text is big, cle
Ruth Ruiz
Apr 09, 2014 Ruth Ruiz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ele-495a
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
Oct 05, 2013 Sara rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 03, 2016 Derek rated it it was ok
In Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, two unseen speakers argue a duck or a rabbit. Then it goes away.

I was underwhelmed with this one. Basically, Rosenthal takes the well-known duck/rabbit optical illusion image and, well, argues back and forth whether it's a duck or rabbit. The entire book has the same image in the same spot, but with the background and other surrounding images changing slightly from page to page to illustrate what the unseen speakers are suggesti
Aug 19, 2014 Samantha rated it it was amazing
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.
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Children's books. (Little Pea, Spoon, DuckRabbit)
Grown-up books. (Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life)
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