The Virtual Book Club for Kids is reading Amy Rosenthal this month. For our activity, we decided to focus on Duck! Rabbit!, Rosenthal’s imaginative take on cloud-watching. There is an image, and the book is an ongoing debate about whether it is a duck or a rabbit.
The boys had fun playing with puppets I made for the book. One duck, and one rabbit.
Making the puppets: I traced the image on the front cover. Then I cut out two images out of white paper. I outlined the puppet in black marker, and glued both sides onto popsicle sticks. I made 2 sets of these – one with an orange duck bill and the other with pink inside the rabbit ears.
Puppet Play: We read the story together, using the puppets. Then we played with the puppets: we hopped the rabbit, and waddled the duck. The animals chased each other, we fed them, we pretended to walk the rabbit to a rabbit den and the duck to its nest.
Next we designed several “tests” to see whether it is a duck or a rabbit (most of these come from the book):
- Where it lives
- Does it have whiskers?
- How it moves
- How it sounds
- What it eats
- Whether its babies are in eggs
- Whether it has a “quivery” nose
- Does it have feathers or fur?
Have you used puppets to retell a story yet? Which ones are your favorites?