Sunday, March 15, 2009

Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Litchenheld--Book Review

It's a duck. No, I think it's a rabbit. No, maybe a duck. It could be a rabbit. A fun new twist on the age-old optical illusion becomes the story behind Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Litchenheld.

Unseen narrators argue over whether the photo before them is a duck or a rabbit, each seeing it from his or her own perspective until they finally consider each other's perspectives, and that's when...

My daughter loved this book so much that she used it as a reading selection for school. Its simple design with just over 300 words is perfect for children who are close to reading on their own or who are already independent readers; but this book is also a superb choice to read to your child because it allows a parent to ask her child what animal he sees in each frame--which makes the book interactive. And as the story progresses, your child can witness how easy it is to let go of an argument and move back to playtime.

There are some cute additions that parents will get a kick out of. The inside flap has another exchange between the two narrators about whether a duck or a rabbit is shown on the front cover, and the combination dedication/copyright page is found at the end of the book and includes more of the authors' humor.

I look forward to more Rosenthal/Litchenheld collaborations...and so will your children.

Title: Duck! Rabbit!
Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Lithcenheld
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN-10: 0811868656
ISBN-13: 9780811868655
SRP: $16.99 (U.S.)

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