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Stellaluna by JANELL CANNON

Stellaluna (original 1993; edition 1993)


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


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This is a classic story about a young fruit bat who is adopted by a family of birds after being separated from her mother.
  JoeyLeonidas | Jun 3, 2017 |
Flying one night with her mother, a young fruit bat named Stellaluna is separated from her parent when they are attacked by an owl. Adopted by the bird family into whose nest she falls, our noctilionine heroine must learn new ways, accepting bugs as food, and sleeping standing up, rather than hanging by her wings. When she is unexpectedly reunited with her bat mother, Stellaluna learns the true ways of her kind, which she attempts to share with her adoptive avian siblings. In the end, all must accept that while they are the same in some ways - they all fly! - they are different in others, and that is OK.

Originally published more than twenty years ago in 1993, Janell Cannon's Stellaluna has become a modern picture-book classic, exploring such themes as the loss of a parent, cross-cultural (or species) adoption, and learning to accept yourself and others. It also teaches young readers and listeners a little bit about the natural history of bats and birds, highlighting both the ways in which they are similar and those in which they are different. An afterword gives more information about bats. The artwork, done in acrylics and colored pencil, is lovely, capturing the poignancy of Stellaluna's journey, and the beauty of the world around her. Recommended to anyone looking for children's stories about difference and acceptance, or about the wonders of the natural world. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 20, 2017 |
Summary: A story about a fruit bat named Stellaluna. She lost her mother when they were attacked by an owl when searching for food. After Stellaluna loses her mother she is taken in by a family of birds and lives life the way of the birds. Until one day when she is hanging in a tree right side up and another bat discovers this strange bat sleeping right side up. That is when her mother finds Stellaluna and introduces her to the way of the bats.

Personal Reflection: This book is a beautiful book with wonderful illustrations that tell a story of the love between a mother and her child. It also tells a story of friendships that were made throughout Stellaluna’s journey and the struggles she faced being part of a bird family. They both fly but they are not the same!

Curriculum Connection: This would be a great story to read in a Preschool classroom when doing a study on bats. It would also be a great book to read when talking about the differences and the similarities of the animals. ( )
  ftakahashi | Apr 1, 2017 |
While out searching for food, fruit bat Stellaluna and her mother are attacked by a vicious owl. Stellaluna is separated from Mother Bat and taken in by a family of birds where she must put aside her bat habits to fit in with her new family. But one fateful flight when she is separated from her adoptive siblings, Stellaluna is reunited with her bat family and learns that even though we’re different, we’re very much the same.
  CassityE | Mar 20, 2017 |
One of my favorite books from my childhood, Stellaluna is a story about a little bat, and her journey of flight through the night. This is also an informational texts about the life of a bat, like their diets, their place of dwelling, and their use of echolocation.

This would be a good book to use to introduce the study of animals and build background knowledge about bats. This book would be used most likely in the younger elementary grades. ( )
  gabitouriel | Mar 16, 2017 |
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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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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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