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Stellaluna

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by Janell Cannon
     
 

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Knocked from her mother’s safe embrace by an attacking owl, Stellaluna lands headfirst in a bird’s nest. This adorable baby fruit bat’s world is literally turned upside down when she is adopted by the occupants of the nest and adapts to their peculiar bird habits. Two pages of notes at the end of the story provide factual information about bats.

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Knocked from her mother’s safe embrace by an attacking owl, Stellaluna lands headfirst in a bird’s nest. This adorable baby fruit bat’s world is literally turned upside down when she is adopted by the occupants of the nest and adapts to their peculiar bird habits. Two pages of notes at the end of the story provide factual information about bats. “Delightful and informative but never didactic; a splendid debut.”--Kirkus Reviews

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[set star]"Delightful and informative but never didactic."--Kirkus Reviews (starred)
Barnes & Noble Staff
Stellaluna, a little brown bat, is accidentally dropped by her mother. The helpless baby falls smack into a nest of bird fledglings, and is immediately accepted as one of the family. Stellaluna tries to fit in, but keeps acting unbirdlike; hanging upside down and wanting to fly at night. By chance Stellaluna is reunited with her mother and finally learns to be proper bat. Cannon's breathtaking illustrations make this a gift-giving favorite.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Read aloud or recommend Stellaluna for fictional perspectives on bats. In this tale, which concludes with two pages of facts about the flying mammals, a baby fruit bat is adopted by birds.
School Library Journal
With Janell Cannon's popular picture book as its main feature, this recording includes other stories on bats as wellHattie, the Backstage Bat by Don Freeman and narrator David Holt's version of Why the Bats Fly at Night. There's also a short, factual account of bats, followed by "Stellaluna's Theme," a brief piece of music that sounds like a folk lullaby. To hear Stellaluna read aloud is to realize just how much the illustrations contribute to its appeal in book form; it simply doesn't do well orally, despite David Holt's enthusiastic efforts. The other selections, accompanied by dim, disjointed strains of music, don't fare much betterespecially the part about "amazing bat facts" in which children are urged to set up their own bat houses in order to reduce the numbers of annoying insects in the air. "Wouldn't it be nice to have Stellaluna in your backyard?," Holt asks earnestly. Alas, his facts are wrong. Stellaluna doesn't eat insects; as a fruit bat she eats fruit. Those wishing to educate children about bats are advised to skip this effort in favor of the growing numbers of fine books on the subject.-Carol Katz, Harrison Public Library, NY
Chris Sherman
After Stellaluna and her mother are attacked by an owl, the tiny fruit bat lands headfirst in a bird's nest. The mother bird allows Stellaluna to stay, as long as Stellaluna doesn't teach the bird babies bad tricks--like hanging upside down from the nest to sleep. Stellaluna wants to be as graceful as the baby birds, but she's graceful only when she's flying. A bat discovers Stellaluna, who's been separated from the birds, sleeping wrong end up. It calls other bats to see this strange little creature, and a very happy Stellaluna is reunited with her mother to learn proper bat behavior. When the birds visit Stellaluna's bat family, the little bat discovers that baby birds are as clumsy at being bats as Stellaluna was at trying to be a bird. Cannon's delightful story is full of gentle humor, and even young children will understand the little bat's need to fit in. Cannon provides good information about bats in the story, amplifying it in two pages of notes at the end of the book. Her full-page colored-pencil-and-acrylic paintings fairly glow: Stellaluna's depiction reflects the starlight and moonlight of the bat's name, and the pictures of the creature hauling herself onto a limb, hanging by her thumbs, and "joy-flying" are truly amusing. The facing pages of text include small, charming ink sketches that show what happens as Stellaluna's mother searches for her baby.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152062873
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
08/01/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
42
Sales rank:
94,130
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
AD550L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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[set star]"Delightful and informative but never didactic."—Kirkus Reviews 

Meet the Author


Janell Cannon's picture books have won many awards and are beloved around the world. She is the author and illustrator of Verdi, Crickwing, Pinduli, and the long-time bestselling classic Stellaluna. Born and raised in Minnesota, Ms. Cannon now lives in Southern California.

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Stellaluna 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Europa More than 1 year ago
Stellaluna is a wonderful story about a baby bat, separated from her mother, and brought up by a bird family. She tries to be a bird. Her bird brothers and sister don't understand why Stellaluna can't do the things they can do. When she finds her mother, she discovers her natural talents. She doesn't understand that her bird family can't do the things that she can do. They are different on so many levels but they are the same on others. Acceptance of others, acceptance of different is the important lesson here. I read this book to all of my children and it was one of their favorites that we read over and over again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the unique artwork Pages are easy to turn semi thick board Makes it easier for my little one to flip pages Cute sweet story with quite a few kindergarten sight words too!
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
I've been fascinated by bats, especially fruit bats, for a while, but until Stellaluna came out, I'm pretty sure not too many children were. Now I know that Stellaluna is a well-circulated book at the library and on one of the library's computers as a game. Bats no longer elicit an automatic scream, at least not the ones that are as charmingly illustrated as Janell Cannon's. In addition to showing bats in a rather flattering light, Stellaluna is about the importance of family and making friends -- timeless and appropriate themes for a children's book. If you haven't read Stellaluna, you should, if only to see the cutest little bats ever.
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it should be offered on nook
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grandmaMH More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book for my 6 year old granddaughter. Her family situation is like many others, in that, her parents are divorced. Her family is now a blended family, father and brother married a woman with a daughter, and now they have a daughter together. Many changes have occurred. While my granddaughter feels loved and very much a part of her new family, reading about how Stellaluna adjusted to new friends and a redefinition of her new family is comforting.
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sarkissian More than 1 year ago
Its a nice story for bedtime my daughter loves to hear and something I'm sure as she grows up wil be able to connect with on some levels.
Lara83 More than 1 year ago
This book is a great conversation starter for talking about how people are different, and how they are the same
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i absolutely love this book! i was young when my mom bought me this book at my school's book fair and ive loved it since. im 14 right now and i still enjoy reading it. it has to be one of my favorite books, and trust me, ive read A LOT of books! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I took this book and cd-rom from the library and read them with my child. He read along with the cd-rom by himself. This is a great and informative story of a lost young bat's search for mom.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have compiled a list of popular and/or award winning books to read my boys. I will buy this book for their library. It shows that 'people' can be different and yet the same. The illustrations are amazing! I highly recommend this book for a toddler.