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 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Ages 3-7
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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
Tasha
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
Cheryl in CC NV
one note song... I would have enjoyed it more if it were developed beyond 'he said/she said' repetitiveness. As is, the covers, endpapers and copyright page are the highlights.

ETA - I didn't mean that in a harsh or sarcastic way. The covers, endpapers, and copyright page were part of the design!
Stephanie
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...more
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...more
Connie
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,...more
Vivian
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...more
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
Kathryn
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...more
Laurie
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Toby
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
Sara
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.
Kristine
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.
Rachelle
"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...more
Josie
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.
Rachael
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.
Rachel
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...more
Laura
This book makes me wish I was still working directly with children - I would LOVE to use it in storytime!
Aerin
My children adore this book; I don't think it's Rosenthal's best, but it's very fun to read
Shannon
Too much fun! A charming way to introduce perspective to even the youngest book lovers.
Jessica
This is a. a very cute story and b. great for a lesson on perspective. Love it!
Cathleen
also read as Tumblebook, which made it even better
Gray
This was a cute play on words. You decided it was a rabbit.
Michael Duffey
This book is about the age old question; "Is it a duck or a rabbit?". There are two children who are trying to persuade each other to one or the other (duck or rabbit). This book is intended for grades K-2. The curriculum connection that I made corresponded with Language Arts, specifically, compare and contrast. I really liked how the story tries to persuade the reader to see one or the other. Personally, I can't decide whether it is a duck or a rabbit. The artwork was well drawn and easy on the...more
Mylinh
Cute book about a classic optical illusion. I liked the way the illustrations worked within the book to illustrate action and scenery around the duck/rabbit. Would be a great read-aloud one on one or with a small group.

Time Magazine Top Ten Children's Book of 2009, #1
ALA Notable Children's Book of 2010
PW Best Children's Books of the Year, 2009
Barnes & Noble Best of 2009 – Best Kids' Books, #3
2009 iParenting Media Award Winner – Book Category
National Parenting Publications Awards 2009 – Gold...more
Cheryl C.
It's a duck. No, I think it's a rabbit. No, maybe a duck. It could be a rabbit. A fun new twist on the age-old optical illusion becomes the story behind "Duck! Rabbit!" by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Litchenheld.

Unseen narrators argue over whether the photo before them is a duck or a rabbit, each seeing it from his or her own perspective until they finally consider each other's perspectives, and that's when...

My daughter loved this book so much that she used it as a reading selection for scho...more
Amy
Mar 21, 2012 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Amy by: My niece
Shelves: childrens, reviewed
Duck! Rabbit! is one book that I knew was just not going to be something I would naturally pick out to read to the kids. The cover shows the entire plot of the book, for pity sake! I thought it was going to be insubstantial, overdone, and ridiculous, and it was. But I can see why this book does appeal to kids, especially to kids that are my nephew's age (pre-school). I can also see how this book can help kids in that age range learn to see things from different perspectives.

Nevertheless, I was j...more
David
Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld is a clever, humorous take on the age-old optical illusion: is it a duck or a rabbit? Depends on how you look at it!

This is a smart, simple story that will make readers of all ages eager to take a side, depending on their viewpoint. Two off-page voices argue over whether they see a duck or a rabbit. There's also a subtle lesson for kids who don't know when to let go of an argument.

The humorous text mostly uses a large, bold...more
Heidi
Fabulous book. Great use of pictures and making one use different perspectives. I do enjoy picture books like that. And I'm really coming to like Amy Rosenthal's work.

This will be an excellent storytime choice as long as the children grasp the concept. So it's probably too young for toddler. And there might be some preschoolers who won't get it. But it's still doable. Unfortunately, this has been added to the summer reading list as a VA Reader's Choice nominee. I will probably never be able to...more
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