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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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Genre or Type of Picture Book: Fiction, Fables, Folktales, Myths Recommended for: Primary

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon is the story of a young fruit bats journey to fitting in and finding where she belongs, after being accidentally dropped by her mother. Stellaluna is a great book for young readers because the imagery helps to emphasis the story line, making the plot very easy for young children to follow. There are also many themes that young people can relate to, the theme of family, identity, and growth. Cannon does a great job, coupling the text to the illustrations which are captivating. Despite being a fiction book, the real themes, and personification of Stellaluna really enhance the books meaning and significance to young children and their parents.
  sumnergreen8 | Mar 25, 2015 |
Great book for convening the differences on others and how those differences can also make us stronger. Good book to relate acceptance and understanding of our differences.
  JoseJay | Mar 13, 2015 |
I liked this book for a few reasons. I liked the illustrations, I think they really help to enhance the story and bring it more meaning. The overall message of the story is that it is okay to love and except people that are different than you. This topic pushes young readers to broaden their perspectives and think about families that are different than their own. ( )
  rsochu1 | Mar 5, 2015 |
"Stellaluna" was a very imaginative and fun book to read; it is not every day you read a book about a bat who lives with and acts like a bird. Stellaluna is a bat who got seperated from her mother and fell into a birds nest; the mother bird took her in and raised her as her own, but Stellaluna had to act as a bird and not do normal bat things. For example, Stellaluna was sleeping upside down outside the birds nest and the other birds were curious so they did the same. The mother bird came home and was very unhappy so she told Stellaluna that she had to act like a bird, not a bat. This was also a good book because at the end it had an informational section on bats and the different kinds there are. The illustrations were very simple and straightforward. There is one illustration that shows the Momma bird feeding Stellaluna a grasshopper and it looked like a real picture out of an informational book. The overall message of this book is that it is okay to be friends with people (in this case birds and bats) who are significantly different than you, and that it is okay to be yourself even if others tell you otherwise. ( )
  bridgetmcnamara | Mar 2, 2015 |
I enjoyed this book for three reasons. The big idea is to accept that everyone has differences and these differences are what make us special. The main character, Stellaluna, can easily be identified with by any child that has been told to act a certain way. The story teaches children that they should not have to hide who they really are. Also, the illustrations are adorable and realistic. ( )
  mzellh1 | Feb 25, 2015 |
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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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