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Duck! Rabbit!

Text: Amy Krouse Rosenthal / Illustrations: Tom Lichtenheld / Publisher: Scholastic

Distribution: November, 2018

A story about two children looking up at the clouds. The two children see the cloud as two different objects. One sees it as a duck and the other sees the cloud as a rabbit. By the end of the story both children see the other animal in the cloud. This could help children understand that we all are different and have different imaginations.

Family Activities

What do we see in the drawing? A duck or a rabbit? It depends on how we look at the figure. This book tells us that we can see the world from different points of view, and thus interpret it differently.


Dear Parents,

There are many situations in life when we disagree with others, and there is no doubt that living peacefully with people who disagree with our opinions is a great challenge. Sometimes we are completely confident that our opinion is the right one, and therefore we disregard the opinions of others, or we may think that they do not understand or do not know - especially if they are younger than us - and we try to convince them that their opinion is wrong. However, if we pause for a moment and try to see things from a different angle, we might discover new and interesting perspectives.

This amusing and conversational book shows us how easy it is to see one thing from different angles, and thus understand it differently. The ability to see the world through the eyes of others gives us an opportunity to review our positions and to engage with the opinions of those around us with understanding and compassion.


Family Activities

  • What did we see when you read the story for the first time: a duck or a rabbit? Did our child see the same drawing? Which is easier for us to see in each drawing: the duck or the rabbit? If we had to decide the identity of the animal in the book, would we have chosen the duck or the rabbit?
  • With our child, we can look at the drawings, and follow the attributes and actions of each creature with them. For example, the beak of the duck and the ears of the rabbit, the duck flies, and the rabbit jumps. We can think together about other features and actions that our child may wish to draw.
  • With our child, we can play the game “What is hidden in the drawing?”: Each participant draws an abstract drawing (which may be random lines) and another participant tries to distinguish something familiar in it, then looks at the drawing to highlight it.
  • What happens when the other player does not succeed, or does not accept, to see what we see? We can show our child drawings with optical illusions (drawings like this can be found on the Internet or on the book’s page on the Lantern Library website). We can then have a conversation with our child about what they see.
  • The perspectives change at the end of the book; Whoever sees a duck in the beginning sees a rabbit, and vice versa. Have we ever had a change of mind following a different point of view? How can we convince others to see reality through our own eyes?
  • On the first page of the book, there are clouds of different shapes and sizes. Can we distinguish familiar shapes in them? It would be fun to go out and look at the clouds in the sky: what do we see?
  • Enjoy your reading!

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