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In this gentle midnight allegory, a young bat is encouraged by his mother to strike out on his own into the wide world outside their cave. Little Chiro, far more adorable than your average bat, thanks to the puppy-dog face Long gives him, is worried about not being able to see in the dark, to which his mother offers the reassurance that there are other ways to see . . . Use your good sense. Kids up on their chiropteran knowledge will see where this is going: Chiro floats through intimidating black washes until he begins to sing, a ray of light emanating from his mouth that illuminates the path ahead as he flies past the woods, through a flock of geese, and to the pond, where he gobbles contentedly on tasty bugs. Paralleling good sense with both a song to light a path and with a bat’s echolocation might require kids to flex their conceptualization muscles a bit, but Long’s gorgeous artwork, in which the warmly hued bat flits through steep, rich darkness, goes a long way toward making this one a winner. Preschool-Grade 1. --Ian Chipman
"Berk presents a delicate, lyrical story about independence, trusting one's instincts and abilities, and bats. Written in passionate prose-poetry...it's a brilliant description of echolocation and an equally strong metaphor for the logic and perception that human children can use to cut through fear."
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I love the 1 on 1 time i get with my kids when I read to them, but if I'm being really honest - it usually feels like a chore. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Matt
My 4 year old daughter loves this book. A brilliant book to read before the big step of starting school.Published 2 months ago by Tessa Vermillion
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A lovely books - a piece of art - my daughter loves it! We also have a toy. This was a very good gift idea!Published 4 months ago by Abdugafur
This book is absolutely beautiful. You know how some books just feel magical to read, making you want to read them slowly to absorb them? This is one of them.Published 5 months ago by Christi Bigony
My son, aged 3, looooves this book. He is very interested in bats, so our librarian recommended this gem in addition to some non-fiction titles. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lola
I love this little book. The artwork is beautiful and the little bat is adorable.Published 8 months ago by eh ok
What can I say more than what an remarkable story. This story is a great read for kids. It teaches them that mommy and daddy won't always be there, so that they need to learn how... Read morePublished 9 months ago by darielm