Duck! Rabbit! poses the deceptively simple question: "Is
it a duck or is it a rabbit?" That is the entire premise of clever little
Duck! Rabbit!, which is narrated by two unseen voices, each taking an
opposing viewpoint. At the end, just as the two
starting to see each others' point of view, the duck/ rabbit is gone, a
new ambiguous creature is shown, and the debating starts over again.
This book is extremely simple in concept but so clever in execution! This is one book we can guarantee your kids will enjoy!
Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 3
DRA Level: 18
Lexile Measure: 300L
Guided Reading Level: J
Read-Aloud vs. Individual Reading: For kids in preschool, Kindergarten and first grade, this book will need to be a read-aloud rather than for individual reading, as children generally do not read on the reading level (difficulty level) of this book until the end of first grade/beginning of second grade. However, the majority of second through fifth graders should be able to read this book independently.
* Notable Children's Book 2010 -- American Library Association
* Top 10 Children's Books of 2010-- Time Magazine
* Best Children's Books Lists 2009-- Publisher's Weekly
* Best Children's Books Lists 2009-- Booklist
* Gold Book Award 2009-- National Parenting Publications
are two sample spreads from inside this book -- showing the comical
back and forth banter between the two unseen narrators. (Again, one thinks
the creature is a duck and the other thinks it's a rabbit. It may
seem like too simple a plot, but actually it's quite clever and
this book includes
different opinions, it's a fun book to use in a graphing activity. Read
the book to your class just before recess, then send the kids loose on
the playground with a copy of the following handout -- plus a clipboard,
if you have them. Instruct students to ask other
and make a tally mark by their answer. (Or, do it just with your classroom students.) After recess, have the students count up the tally marks for each
response and then graph the data. To get a large version of the flyer: click Duck! Rabbit! lesson / activity idea.