Duck! Rabbit!

Posted by on Nov 2, 2011 in Early Learning, Nature Smart, Readers' Theater, Science | 0 comments

Those of you who know me know I have a huge author-crush on Amy Krouse Rosenthal. I think her books are brilliant, and Duck! Rabbit! by AKR (as I like to call her) and Tom Lichtenheld gets me every time. Is this character a duck? A rabbit? Neither, or both? Two unseen narrators debate just what this critter is, and we realize that it’s all in how you look at it.

This book is a cool lesson in perspective. You can work the science angle if you’re doing a unit on the five senses and talk about how we see things. Get little plastic magnifying glasses, binoculars, or sheets of colored transparent plastic and let little ones experiment with looking through them. Share optical illusion books and art by M. C. Escher. Talk about how differences in perspective mean that we can have differences of opinion, too. We can see things from different points of view, and one way is necessarily better than the other. Share Duck! Rabbit! and see what happens!

For more information, visit Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s website: or Tom Lichtenheld’s website:

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