Is she a duck? Is she a rabbit? Preschoolers provide the answer

May 13, 2016 by

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Put 30 or so preschoolers in a playroom surrounded by toys and it takes a lot to capture their attention. But Meghan Nulf — adorned with pink and white rabbit ears and a yellow duck bill — was up to the task this morning.

As the guest reader at the final session of this year’s “Reading with Friends” storytime series at Neighbor to Neighbor, Nulf used her accessories to ask, “Am I a duck? Or am I a rabbit?” That led to a lively reading of the much-loved picture book “Duck! Rabbit!” with the children quacking and sniffing to cast their votes.

The book is author Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s clever take on the age-old optical illusion and features illustrations by Tom Lichtenheld. Since it was first published in 2009, it has delighted kids of all ages and has given children a subtle lesson in when to let go of an argument.

This year’s “Reading with Friends” series, for children ages 3, 4 and 5, began in September and has featured a different book on the second Friday of each month. After the story time with a guest reader each month, the children have a chance to spend some time in the well-stocked playroom upstairs at Neighbor to Neighbor, and then they get a snack and a free copy of that month’s book to take home. Parents, grandparents and other caregivers enjoy coffee and snacks downstairs at the day center for women while the story is being read upstairs.

This year the program was funded by a grant from the Dane G. Hansen Fund, through the Community Foundation for Cloud County, and a gift from the Cloud County Attorney’s Diversion Fund, with continuing support from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia, who operate Neighbor to Neighbor.

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