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Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld

Duck! Rabbit! was one of those books that none of the kids at my schools last year had ever heard of, but once I read it to them, I never saw it checked in again until June.

This book shows the duck/rabbit on each page, with one off-screen person declaring that it most certainly is a DUCK, while the other insists it is clearly, obviously, definitely a rabbit.

The book goes through a variety of scenarios where each narrator tries to convince the other that, see, it’s certainly the animal they are convinced it is.

When I would read this book to a class, I would cover the top half of the cover with a piece of paper so the title was hidden and only the image was visible. I’d tell them to not say anything, but to think of what animal this was. Then I’d say, “Raise your hand if you think this animal is a rabbit.” Around half the kids would raise their hands and then the other half would look at them incredulously. Then I’d ask the group that thought it was a duck to raise their hands and they’d feel vindicated that they weren’t the only ones who didn’t see a rabbit.  Ah, the hilarity.

You can watch part of the book in this cute little video:

This book is already sitting in Ella’s closet, waiting for her first birthday.

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  • Reply Melanie February 22, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Cute. I saw the rabbit first, but I can certainly see the duck.

  • Reply Heather February 22, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    I love Rosenthal. Little Pea is a big hit around here.

  • Reply Kristy February 22, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    I so appreciate you curating books for my sons. Clearly it is them you have in mind when you post these on your blog, because they're loving your selections so far. 🙂

  • Reply akaber9598 February 22, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    I can't wait to give this to my nephew for his birthday!

    I pass along your recommendations all the time. My girlfriend currently has a daughter in a children's bookclub and your reviews are very appreciated!

  • Reply lifeofadoctorswife February 22, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    That is really cute! And I love the game you played with your kids – so funny!

  • Reply Megan B. February 22, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    I love Amy Krouse Rosenthal! I need to pick this one up for Brayden.

  • Reply McKinley February 22, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Ohhh that seems like a great book!! So clever and cute. I definitely thought it was a rabbit until I read what you wrote. What did you think it was when you saw it for the first time?

  • Reply Jamie February 23, 2011 at 1:16 am

    Super cute! Thanks so much for sharing your blog on the My Baking Addiction Facebook page!


  • Reply lightheartedlibrarian February 23, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Love it! When I first look at the cover, I see a rabbit (but then I used to have a pet rabbit). I can see the duck when I think about it.

    Do you watch How I Met Your Mother? There's an episode where they argue about a picture like this.


  • Reply KT February 23, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    on a whim, I picked this book up at the library for my husband to read to the nursery kids.

    They totally loved it and he had to read it about 10 times in the 2 hours they were together.

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