Blogger Kiera Parrott, Children's Literature (all forms), Slice of Life

Duck! Fish!: A Real-Life ‘Duck! Rabbit!’?

Children’s books, characters, and references have a strange habit of working their way into unexpected places.  Like street art, for instance. Consider this most recent example of an argument between me and my husband which could have easily been lifted from a page of Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld’s brilliant (and apparently rather prophetic)  Duck! Rabbit!: It all began a few months back when we started seeing chalked graffiti all over the Upper East Side.  Unlike the usual tagging one sees by street artists, these temporary sidewalk drawings featured child-like stick figures, often accompanied by the optimistic (if somewhat indeterminate) admonition to “Become your dream.” The little chalked stick figures were, to my eye, clearly duck-like.  Or, perhaps a chick of some kind.  To my husband’s view, however, they were obviously fish.  Take a look for yourself:                   What do you…