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*Duck! Rabbit!* by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
 
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Little Pea

 
Also written and/or illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld:

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Duck! Rabbit!
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Ages 4-8 40 pages Chronicle March 2009 Hardcover    

The simple illustration on the front cover of Duck! Rabbit! sets the foundation for a charming story as well as some pure old-fashioned laugh-out-loud amusement. The picture is actually an illusion, and the question is whether the figure is a duck with a long bill or whether what appears to be a bill is actually the two ears of a rabbit.

Readers are not left on their own to determine what the image represents, because the book is the dialogue exchange of two others grappling with this issue. One is convinced it is a duck, pointing out all the elements that lead to this conclusion. There is a bill that reaches for a piece of bread, not ears, and the noise is a quack, not the sniffing of a bunny.

On the other side of the conversation is the speaker who thinks that it is a rabbit hiding in the grass, and that the animal is hopping, not flying. He also says that the rabbit is cooling off its ears, and that itís not a duck getting a drink.

After reading this story, I can tell you that whether the charming illustration is a duck or rabbit remains in question, but what is certain is that Duck! Rabbit! is, by far, one of the most endearing recent childrenís books that you can add to your library.
 


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