by Janell Cannon

Hardcover, 1993



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E Can


HMH Books for Young Readers (1993), Edition: 1st, 48 pages


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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48 p.; 10 inches



User reviews

LibraryThing member MeditationesMartini
I like this one not only because it's a sweet story--it's really unfortunate when a kids' book isn't at least that--but because of its psychological realness, with Stellaluna the bat and the three bird kids flung together and needing to figure things out, gravitating close to one another and then
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shifting apart to grow on their own and then settling into a happy separate-together harmony. And with it the way the mama bird shifts from protector to antagonist without changing her fundamental caring nature, the way the bats welcome Stellaluna in as one of their own but don't force her to conform, let her share her own wisdom about where she's been and what she's seen and be friends with birds and live authentically. I can imagine this book being really meaningful to foster kids, and in a broader, less pointed way to children, say, growing up in a multicultural immigrant city and starting to figure out what it means that they and their friends inhabit the same public world and culturally different private ones, and how to respect their differences and negotiate them. In that sense it's timely for children here in Vancouver in 2017, where the mirage of a white monoculture has definitively fallen away and where the future will, as futures always are but as we never quite expect, be different from the past. In that sense it's got sociological realness too. It touches gently on social tensions in the same way as it touches gently on other things toddlers sometimes find hard to navigate, like the food chain.

And then finally just the feel and the atmosphere--the cool moonlight of Stellaluna's night flights, the gawky flailing of her wings as she starts growing into her body and realizes she's a bat not a bird, and learns to be who she is. The happy eerie magic of sonar. Even! the informational backgrounder at the end of the book (of course you skip those at story time usually) in which you learn that 25% of all mammal species are bats, that little bats eat meat and look like mice and big bats eat fruit and look like foxes and can have a six-foot wingspan! (I think I knew most of that but it's good to contemplate it.) Lovely bedtime book.
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LibraryThing member Janeece
This book is one about a small bat who gets seprated from heer mom and ends up falling in a nest of birds. She is at first a little bit weary of crawling up in the nest with them, but after being hungry she decides it's not such a bad idea. She learns to act just liike a little bird should, but
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shes not she is a bat. When she finally is reunited with her group of bat friends she wants to bring her bird friends with her one night this is when they realize they are not the same. But they can still be friends.

This book is one I truly enjoyed, because I thought that te lesson of knowing that you can be friends with people who don't necessarily look or act like you. This is a lesson that even adults need to be reminded of at different times in their lives. This book truly touched me, because the first time I was in a classroom there was a little boy who had a pony tail and just moved into the school district. The students would make comments like he was a girl, because he had a pony tail. This book wopuld have been a good one to expose this class to.

My extensions would start before I read the book. I would discuss how people can be different and why we should still treat them the same. My other one is going to be a chart of the differences between the birds adnd the bats in the story.
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LibraryThing member koratheexplora
I loved this one when I was little. I want to name one of my daughters Stella someday so this book holds great meaning to me.
LibraryThing member crystalr
This book taught alot about how bats are. It also teaches about frindship and how although we all may look different we can still be friends no matter what!
LibraryThing member flaguna
This is a lovely story about the importance of roots and traditions. Stellaluna is a baby bat that unluckily lost the path of her mother. Through a brief incursion in an environment that is not proper of her species, Stellaluna finds the importance of her origins and friendship. A book that leaves
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a sensation of welfare. A must.
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LibraryThing member whitneyharrison
This story is how a bat adapts to the life of a bird. Then she eventually finds other bats who show her how she is suppose to be a bat. Then the bat and the birds find out that they are very different but they can both fly. At the end of the book there is information pages about bats.
LibraryThing member wturnbull06
This book is a good example of fantasy because it tells a story of a bat losing its mother and landing in a birds nest and learning to act like a bird before she finds her mother and joins her kind again but has a lasting friendship with the birds.
LibraryThing member tjsjohanna
Interesting stuff about bats and a nice story about finding out who you are and not letting differences get in the way of making friends.
LibraryThing member jbbarclay
Story of a baby bat, Stellaluna, and a mother bat who were separated while flying. Baby bat finds herself with a family of birds and has to adjust to their lifestyle. After learning to fly, she is reunited with her mother. Stellaluna's friends find that her bat ways are uncomfortable to them, but
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they can still be friends.
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LibraryThing member lauraejensen
A beloved story about a bat that is pulled from their mother, and must adapt, and eventually befriends baby birds. The bats and birds live in harmony, despite their differences. Stella is joyfully reunited with her mother. Thorough information about bats, sophisticated vocabulary, enhances reading
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skills. Teaches similarities/differences. Would work well in a science unit, or discussing roots and traditions, as well as coexisting peacefully. A captivating book with gorgeous illustrations.
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LibraryThing member cegordon
The story of a baby bat, Stellaluna, and her mother bat who were separated while flying. Baby bat finds herself with a family of birds and has to learn adjust to her new life. After learning how to fly, she is reunited with her mother. Her bird friends find her bat ways hard for them, but they
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remain friends despite their differences.
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LibraryThing member vabrazzolotto
A mother bat and her baby, Stellaluna, are flying one night and were separated. Stellaluna is taken in by a family of birds and must learn how to adapt to a new environment. After learning to fly, Stellaluna is reunited with her mother. Stellaluna's Bird friends come to visit and see that
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Stellaluna's bat ways are uncomfortable to them as their ways are to her. They stay friends.
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LibraryThing member cbpritchard
Stellaluna is the story of mother bat and baby bat, Stellaluna, who get separated one night while flying. Stellaluna is taken in by a family of birds, and she has to learn how to adapt to their ways. After learning to fly she is reunited with her mother. Stellaluna goes back to see her bird
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friends, and they find that her bat ways are uncomfortable for them.
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LibraryThing member katiejanelewis
A baby bat, Stellaluna, and her mother get separated after being attacked by an owl. Stellaluna finds herself in a nest filled with baby birds, who she quickly tries to identify with. The baby birds (and the baby bird's mother) try to teach Stellaluna to be like them, but Stellaluna can't help but
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feel as though she is different. Eventually, Stellaluna finds other bats and is reuinted with her mother. She once again acts like a bat and her bird friends find that they can all be friends, even though they are different. This book is great for 2nd-4th grade readers.
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LibraryThing member ecrobinson
The story of a mother bat and her baby bat, Stellaluna, who were separated while flying. Stellaluna is taken in by a family of birds and must learn to adapt. After learning to fly, Stellaluna was reunited with her mother. Stellaluna's bird friends realize that her bat ways are uncomfortable to them
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but they can still be friends.
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LibraryThing member macfly_17
I enjoyed this story about Stellaluna, a baby bat who get separated from her mother. In order to survive she starts living with a family of birds, but they do things differently than Stellaluna is used to. This makes for an entertaining story, and there is a very happy ending.
LibraryThing member cdswindle
This book is about a baby bat, who gets lost from her mother, and finds a new family to live with. Stellaluna is quite different from her adopted family of birds. It's a books about overcoming fears, and learning how to believe in who are and accepting yourself and your ways.
LibraryThing member anncampbell
Instead of the typical depiction of Halloween bat story, it is a beautiful story about a fruit bat. The baby fruit bat Stellaluna is seperated from her mother when she's a baby. She is raised in a nest with 3 baby birds. Stellaluna instead of being true to her bat nature tries to be like the baby
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birds. Instead of hanging upside down like a bat she tries to stand on a branch. She learns to eat bugs instead of delicious fruit. Finally when she leaves the nest and learns to fly she learn that she is a bat along with finding her real mother.
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LibraryThing member terios
Stellaluna is story about a very unique bat. When Stellaluna was a baby bat, she was separated from her mother because of an owl attack. Stellaluna was raised by a family of birds; so she began to sleep from her thumbs so she'll be upright, and eating bugs like a bird. One day, we the birds and
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Stellaluna are trying out their new ability to fly, Stellaluna goes too far, and gets separated. She then however, runs into a group of bats, and is reunited with her mother.
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LibraryThing member annashapiro
This beautifully illustrated book tells of Stellaluna, the bat who lost her mom and was raised by a family of birds. One day while flying in the dark, Stellaluna is reunited with her mother and bat comrades. Some good lessons learned, Stellaluna and the birds compare their differences, but decide
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that they are the best of friends despite the fact that they will never agree on the tastiness of bugs for dinner...
I love this story!
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LibraryThing member Aecape
Stellaluna is such a cute book to read during Halloween time. I read this to my class and they loved it. They were studying about bats so we read this book. Its about a white bat who gets seperated from his mom. He ends up living in a birds nest with three birds. He learns how to act like a bird.
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One day he was flying and found his mom and his mom taught him how to be a bat. Its a really cute book with alot of grat pictures. There is also a movie that goes along with this book and the students love it.
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LibraryThing member clstone
'Stellaluna' by Janell Cannon is the story of a baby bat. Stellaluna falls from her mother's care when an owl threatens them one day. Stellaluna falls into a bird's nest and lives with baby birds while being taken care of by the bird mother. She learns to eat bugs, to stay in the nest at night, and
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hang right side up. One day, when Stellaluna learns to fly, she flys and lands on a tree where she meets another bat. Soon Stellaluna is reunited with her mom and family and learns to be a bat again, although she never forgets her bird friends. This is a great story for all students in elementary school.
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LibraryThing member smendel18
This is a book about a baby bat, stellaluna, that gets separated from her mother. She finds comfort in a family of birds that take her in, but her differences begin to stand out. Stellaluna needs to find her mother because she needs to know her true bat heritage. This book is great for showing
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uniqueness and acceptance of others.
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LibraryThing member aelambert
This book is about a bat that gets seperated from its mother. While the bat is out some birds take it in. The bat begins to act as the birds do and eating the way that they eat. When the bat is reuninted with its family, it tries to show the birds how to be bats, but that does not go well. The
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animials accept each other despite their differences.
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LibraryThing member MeaganWatkins
This was one of my favorite books when I was a little girl. It is about a baby bat that gets separated from her mother because of an owl, the baby bat goes to live with baby birds and makes friends. One night, Stellaluna, finds more bats and even her mother but still remains friends with the birds.




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