Saturday, October 24, 2009

Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenheld

A while back, I saw this book recommendation in one of my monthly magazine subscriptions. The cover alone intrigued me, reminding me of that infamous illusion of the young vs old woman! On our latest trip to the library, this book was on display. I immediately grabbed it, and am so thankful that I did!

As my kids and I are participating in the read-a-thon, I am reading books out loud as we go. We finally picked up this book, all cuddled on the couch, and began to read. It was so much fun!! It was interactive with both my kids arguing with me . . . duck, rabbit, duck, rabbit . . . son saying rabbit, daughter just yelling excitedly in response. The commentary is simple, yet encourages more dialogue. It helps to open your child's eyes to look at something from different perspectives. It has so many positive attributes, but I will leave it at this . . . my kids wanted me to read it at least three times before I had to say . . . Mommy's turn to read silently now!!! This one will definitely be going on my wish list. Maybe we will be asking Santa for a copy for Christmas?!?!

The illustration was inspired by the duck-rabbit illusion once used as a perceptual tool by psychologists. For more information on the book and its authors, visit the Duck! Rabbit! website. You can even vote on what you see and find out what that says about you!! I will give you a hint on mine . . . it said I would even get along with the prima donas!! Surprisingly (based on information from the first link), I was in the minority this time of year!

What is the first image you see . . . duck or rabbit?

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