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Stellaluna (original 1993; edition 1993)

by JANELL CANNON

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Title:Stellaluna
Authors:JANELL CANNON
Info:Harcourt Brace (1993), Edition: 4th edition, Paperback, 44 pages
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Stellaluna by Janell Cannon (1993)

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Stellaluna is accidentally dropped by her mother into a nest of birds. They accept her as one of the family as long as she acts like a bird. She tries her best, but she struggles. Once day she becomes separated from her bird family. Stellaluna is found sleeping with her head up by a bat, which he finds unusual. Stellaluna is reunited with her mother.

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I definitely see Stellaluna as a tale that relates to The Ugly Duckling. They both have very similar messages. Both books advocate that the reader accept themselves for who they are. The reader is special in their own unique way even though they might not see it at first. I loved that the author decided to do this story with bats. It was very humorous to watch a bat try to act like a little bird. ( )
  tstato1 | Dec 10, 2014 |
Stellaluna. By Janell Cannon. Harcourt Brace & Company. 1993. 48 pages. 0152802177. Ages 3-7.

After Stellaluna is separated from her mother in an owl attack, the fruit bat is raised by birds – but she always feels a little different from her avian siblings. Cannon’s classic heartwarming tale of difference, family, and friendship still rings true over twenty years after its publication. Her sweet characterization of Stellaluna, combined with soothing realistic illustrations in a soft color palette, make for a touchingly timeless story. Gently humorous illustrations (bats doing bird things – and birds doing bat things!) offer a gentle counterpoint to the emotional nature of the work’s message. A two-page spread of notes at the end even gives interested readers some facts about fruit bats. This is the sort of picture book that has something in it for every child, making the work a lovely shared read-aloud experience. Recommended. ( )
  tierneyc | Dec 4, 2014 |
Stellaluna is a story that will bring forth many emotions, especially tears of happiness. The overall story and theme of this book is about acceptance and friendship. Stellaluna is a bat that is brought up in a family of birds. They know that there is something different about Stellaluna, but they still accept her into the family and treat her as one of their own. The story starts out very sad with the loss of Stellaluna's parents to an owl attack, however the story ends on a happy note. The illustrations are very beautiful and luminescent. They keep children of all ages engaged. I would highly recommend this book for a read aloud since there are so many different characters that the reader can portray. To make this book even better, there are two pages in the back of the book that have notes on bats, making this text available for a science lesson or a unit on animals.
  lfasce1 | Dec 2, 2014 |
Stellaluna is the story of a little fruit bat that was separated from her mother when an owl attacked them. Stellaluna was able to survive and was raised by a bird who had three babies. Stellaluna behaved as good as any bird would even though she was so different. The birds learned to accept her and they became very good friends. This is a very nice story to share with younger children. Being different didn't impede the birds and Stellaluna to care for one another. I love books like this one where acceptance is one of the messages of the book. ( )
  cvarela | Nov 29, 2014 |
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Stellaluna is about a little bat is separated from her mother when they are attacked by an owl. The bat ends up in a bird's nest where she learn to each and behave like a bird. Even tough Stellaluna is loved by her bird brothers, she fills just a little out of place because she still likes to do things birds do not do for example sleeping upside down. One day the bird are flying far and Stellaluna encounters a band of bats. The bats teach Stellaluna about being a bat and flying in the dark. Stellaluna wants to share the new found treat wight he birds but she finds that the birds cannot see in the dark . They realize that they are different but still love each other.

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This one of the best books I have read. Stellalyna is cute and funny. The storyline is imaginative and the illustrations as super detailed. The writing is understandable by kids but is not kid like. The author over al did a fantastic job putting this book together. The lesson learned is powerful with out overwhelming the story line. The characters are relatable and so is the story line even though we are not birds and bats. ( )
  ycinto1 | Nov 18, 2014 |
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To Burton H. Cannon and Nancy A. Cannon With Love
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In a warm and sultry forest far, far away, there once lived a mother fruit bat and her new baby. 
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0152802177, Hardcover)

Baby bat Stellaluna's life is flitting along right on schedule--until an owl attacks her mother one night, knocking the bewildered batlet out of her mother's loving grasp. The tiny bat is lucky enough to land in a nest of baby birds, but her whole world has just turned upside down. Literally. Stellaluna's adoptive bird mom accepts her into her nest, but only on the condition that Stellaluna will act like a bird, not a bat. Soon Stellaluna has learned to behave like a good bird should--she quits hanging by her feet and starts eating bugs. But when she finally has an opportunity to show her bird siblings what life as a bat is like, all of them are confounded. "How can we be so different and feel so much alike?" one asks. "And how can we feel so different and be so much alike?" asks another. "I agree," Stellaluna responds. "But we're friends. And that's a fact." Anyone who has ever been asked to be someone they're not will understand the conflicts--and possibilities--Stellaluna faces. This gorgeously illustrated book is sure to be an all-time favorite with readers, whether they've left the nest or not. (Click to see a sample spread. Illustration from Stellaluna, © 1993 by Janell Cannon, reproduced by permission of Harcourt Brace & Company) (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter

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After she falls headfirst into a bird's nest, a baby bat is raised like a bird until she is reunited with her mother.

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