Duck! Rabbit!

We have just celebrated the centennial reading of the new book Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld. We just got the book yesterday. Both my boys (ages 7 and 4) have asked for it to be read to them again and again. They both laugh out loud during each reading. It is a clever concept and a simple story set around an illustration/optical illusion that can be seen as either a duck or a rabbit.

Is it a duck? Is it a rabbit?

As my seven year old explains, “One guy thinks it is a duck, and one guy thinks it is a rabbit.” The narration volleys back and forth, with each “guy” defending his view. Of course this makes for a great opportunity to teach children about perspective, relativity, seeing other people’s points of view, standing up for what they see as the truth, life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness . . . or it just makes for a good way to get through yet another afternoon thunderstorm.

PS: I just started The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. I’ll let you know what I think next week.

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