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Stellaluna Hardcover – April 30, 1993
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What makes this book so special? E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G!! The story line, the embedded lessons, and the sweet, sweet illustrations. I don't know how well you can see the young bat's face on the cover. If you can, notice that darling tongue sticking out, like a puppy's. Notice her struggle, expressed with joy, to hold on to the limb. And we have not even opened the book yet!
This is the story of a young bat who is separated from her mother after an owl attacks them in flight. She falls into a tree, then into a bird's nest filled with three hungry babies who are already fully feathered. The mother bird adopts her but insists she eat bugs like her babies. Stellaluna is a fruit bat, but adopts the ways of birds, except for hanging by her feet to sleep. Her new siblings try it one day. Mother returns and expresses her dismay. The babies are hilariously portrayed with their bird feathers hanging down from their heads.
When they learn to fly, poor Stellaluna is so clumsy trying to land upright on a limb with feet equipped for hanging, not perching. At night her bat radar comes into play and she goes weird on them flying by radar. Eventually, her bat mother finds her and Stella's world is restored. She discovers she eats mangoes, not bugs. She is delighted!
And the second best part is that she remains friends with her bird friends.
1. Bats are what they are; birds are what they are.
2. We can accept each other's differences and be enriched by the experience.
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The artwork is outstanding, the story is entertaining, and children and adults love this book. I have even picked it up and read it a time or two after the children went to bed.
This is an award winning book, and for good reason. There are strong underlying messages in it about place, acceptance, home and family.
Definitely 5+ stars...
The story itself is a little scary when the owl appears and Stellaluna is separated from her mother in the dark forest. But the mother bird and her babies are quick to accept and help Stellaluna. The story emphasizes that differences should be celebrated and accepted, and it's always best to just be yourself. It also shines a positive spotlight on an animal that gets a bad rap--the bat. I'd rate this book better than Cannon's other book, which is about snakes, "Verdi."
The artwork is beautiful; I love simply looking at the pages. And the "Bat Notes" section at the end is informative; I know because my pre-reading child wanted me to read it out loud several times!
Lovers of nature, superb artwork, and literature will not be disappointed reading this story to their little ones.
The book is well written and gorgeously illustrated: kids will love it, and adults will be stunned by the quality of the artwork. Throughout it all, the messages of the importance of respect and friendship are paramount. The book deals especially well with the need to "fit in" felt by most children at some point, and pointedly deals with clumsiness and physical differences. The last two pages of the book are devoted to scientific facts on bats, and are both interesting and informative. I thought it was great that Cannon taught young readers about Stellaluna (she's a fruit bat, or megachiroptera, and as such is a relatively large bat,) which makes reading the book not only a fun experience with important life lessons, but also a factual source of information for young inquiring minds.
"Stellaluna" is everything you could want in a children's book, and I recommend it to parents, teachers, and (of course) children everywhere.
When a mother fruit bat is attacked by an owl, her baby bat
falls. Between branches and trees, twigs, thorns and vines; falls the dear Stellaluna.
This book is about survival of the battiest. Cannon describes with great detail and emotion. When I first read this book, I didn't think there was a moral. I was to engrossed in the book to bother for menial tasks as paying attention. But, I have finally figured it out. The moral of this story is, "No matter what happens in life, those who you can depend upon the most is your family and friends".
When you read this book I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. Although it had an inscription and I wasn't able to give as a gift as intended.Published 11 hours ago by Susan B.
This is one of the sweetest books ever. I remember loving it when I was a kid, and when I saw it on Amazon I just had to buy it. Read morePublished 14 days ago by elcaminoali
Bought as present for my sister's baby shower. I love that it's a board book, so I don't have to worry about the baby ripping the pages as it learns to turn pages eventually.Published 18 days ago by Kelly H.
Yes it did. I bought this book for my cousin who loves Bats. She truly loved it the cute story. And she is not a kid.Published 25 days ago by Patricia
This has remained one of our daughter's favorite books for more than two years. A true delight!Published 1 month ago by michelle levy