by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
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: Kindergarten - 2nd grade
* 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
Below 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 entertaining.)
Since 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 students' opinions 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 here.
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We LOVE Amy Krouse Rosenthal's books. They are adorable and funny, simple but clever. You must check them out! To see more, click on the book covers below or the author's name above.