Monday, May 9, 2011

Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenheld

Book Jacket

There's an adorable duck in this book.
     No, there isn't.  It's a cute little rabbit.
What?  Just look at the cover!  That's a duck!
     No, it's a rabbit!

Decide for yourself in this playful take on a classic visual puzzle, which proves that when it comes to ducks and rabbits (and a few other things), it all depends on how you look at it.


Enough with Team Peeta vs. Team Gale or Team Edward vs. Team Jacob.  This is where it gets serious:  are you Team Duck, or are you Team Rabbit?

I'm totally on Team Rabbit.  I can see how people might think the cute little hopper looks like a duck, but they'd be wrong.  Still, the anonymous debators put the ambiguous animal through some pretty funny situations to prove their arguments.  As a psychology minor, I liked reliving an example of our brain's flexibility via picturebook.

However, my favorite part is the end, after the duck/rabbit has left and the narrators are at a loss for what to do next.  They argue over an anteater/brachiosaurus, of course!  That could lead to some really awesome creative exercises in creating your own double-identity animal.

Three out of five quacks/sniffs.

Release Date:  March 2009
Reading Level:  Grade K+
Where In Dunlap Public Library's Collection:  MONARCH

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