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Stellaluna is a fruit bat, separated from her mother before she can fly. Looked after by birds, she learns about similarities, differences and the essence of friendship....

Title : Stellaluna
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ISBN : 9781856022729
Format Type : Unknown Binding
Number of Pages : 563 Pages
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Stellaluna Reviews

  • Adam Silvera
    2018-11-21 07:18

    This is my first favorite book ever. My mother bought it for me as a kid and it came with a Stellanuna plush doll. Manly, right? Mom read it to me whenever I asked until I lost Stellaluna in the first grade. (TRAGIC.)My mother, being the most awesome of mothers, put up Missing Poster signs for Stellaluna. No one ever called with information, no ransom notes were left next to my lunch box, and Stellaluna wasn't hiding inside my hamper or under my bed. Stellaluna was gone. I thought back to the book, and how the birds cared for Stellaluna while she was lost - teaching her to sit upright during the day and all that - and how her time with the birds - and me - was short-lived so she could return to a life of living in the night and sleeping upside down. I think maybe my bat went home.

  • Ronyell
    2018-12-05 06:38

    I first saw this book on an episode of “Reading Rainbow” (my favorite TV series when I was little!) and I instantly fell in love with this book! “Stellaluna” is a gorgeous picture book by Janell Cannon and it is about how a baby bat named Stellaluna learns how to live with the birds after she is separated by her mother during an owl attack. “Stellaluna” is truly one of the best books for bat lovers everywhere!Once there lived a mother fruit bat that gave birth to a baby bat named Stellaluna and one night, Mother Bat was carrying Stellaluna while searching for some ripe fruit to eat. Suddenly, an owl spots the bats and tries to catch them and Stellaluna ended up falling out of her mother’s pouch and ended up falling on a tree branch and then eventually falls into a bird’s nest. For awhile, Stellaluna had been living with the birds and learning their ways and started acting like a true bird, even learning how to fly!Excellent! This book is simply truly excellent! Janell Cannon has certainly done an excellent job at both illustrating and writing this book. Janell Cannon makes the story extremely exciting and heartwarming as it details the adventures that Stellaluna embarks on after she is separated from her mother and lives with the birds. I loved the way that Stellaluna maintains a strong relationship with the birds even though she is a bat, which proves that no matter how different you are, you are still a special person on the inside. I also thought that it was really cute to see Stellaluna acting like a bird as she provides so much humor for the book by trying to act like a bird in a bat body. Janell Cannon also did a great job at providing tension in this book, especially when Stellaluna is separated from her mother and many children will definitely feel afraid for Stellaluna as the idea of losing one’s parent is frightening to a child. Janell Cannon’s illustrations are simply gorgeous and realistic, especially of the images of Stellaluna herself as she has huge brown eyes and has golden fur all over her body which makes her look beautiful and cute at the same time! I also loved the images of Stellaluna flying through the sky as she is the one character who stands out during the night sky as she seems to glow in the blue night sky while she is flying in the air.All in all, “Stellaluna” is an instant treat of a baby bat’s amazing tale that you just cannot resist to read to your children! For anyone who love reading books about bats and the importance of a true family, this is definitely a book that I would highly recommend to children ages four and up.Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  • ☆ ĄňŊǡƂėƮĦ ☆ ŞŧŎŋė
    2018-11-15 06:34

    I read this book so often when I was younger! It is so cute!

  • Licha
    2018-12-06 01:16

    I bought some children's books and was about to gift them but decided to read them first before giving them away. This particular book I used to read to my daughter when she was little. Not surprising that I don't remember what the plot was about, as many times as I probably read this to her.It is such a cute book about a bat who becomes separated from her mom and is raised by a bird family. She must adapt to the bird ways or abandon the nest so that Mama Bird's babies don't pick up Stellaluna's bad habits of sleeping upside down, flying at night, or making faces whenever she has to eat a bug Mama Bird brings back to feed her.The illustrations alone merit five stars. Just beautiful artwork.

  • midnightfaerie
    2018-11-13 23:30

    We all loved this book. Apparently I reserved something called a "big book" so when I went to go pick it up, it wouldn't even fit in my bag. It was this big floppy paperback book that was roughly the size of my kitchen countertop. This made it very difficult to read. Trying to hold open the floppy book so that I could read and the kids could see the pictures was very difficult. But it was worth it. The bigger pictures kept my 3 yr old twins engaged while the story kept my 5 yr old interested. And the illustrations are actually quite detailed, making Stellaluna the bat look positively adorable. The big size of the book enhanced this. Somewhere around a level 2 reading book, It's the story of a bat who gets separated from her mother when young and tries to learn to ignore her nature and be a bird. A fun story about learning to fit in and being yourself, a good lesson for any kid. A friend on GR recommended this and I'm glad we read it. I hadn't heard of Cannon before, but hopefully can pick up some more of her books.

  • Meghan
    2018-11-25 23:23

    I have read this book to my children 752 times (well maybe that's an exaggeration). And I've cried 751 (that's not.)It's that moment when the mom says, "You are MY Stellaluna." *sob* My kids weren't weepy, btw. Nope, just me.This has to be one of my favorite books for the 6 and under crowd- amazingly beautiful pictures I was tempted to frame, a nice (but not annoying) message about acceptance and friendship, makes you laugh and cry. Thank goodness I have kids or I would have completely missed out on this perfect children's story.

  • Kelley
    2018-11-14 00:38

    I read this book to a classroom of first gradersThe children loved this story! When baby bat, Stellaluna, is separated from her mother, she tries to be a bird. She does not hang upside down; she stays in the nest, she does not eat fruit; she eats grasshoppers, she does not sleep during the day; she sleeps at night. It was so fun to watch the kids be distressed by the mother bird trying to make Stellaluna into something she's not. This is a classic story for a good reason!

  • Calista
    2018-11-14 00:35

    I love bats! I miss my bat box. So I enjoy this little story of a bat finding her way. My niece enjoyed this. I enjoyed it too.The art shows just the right emotions. Could bats be any cutier?

  • Kendare Blake
    2018-12-03 04:19

    How cute is this book? A bat who tries to be a bird. Lovely illustrations. I bought it immediately and forced it on every child I knew.

  • Andreea
    2018-12-10 01:28

    Amazing book with a healthy message. Themes: identity, friendship, acceptance, kindness and the list goes on. Recommended to all children.

  • Author Groupie
    2018-11-27 05:30

    My youngest squirt's first-grade book club met to discuss Janell Cannon's Stellaluna, the story about how a bat and birds befriend each other regardless of their differences.stellalunagroupSince the bat in question is a fruit bat, various fruits were offered for snack such as kiwi, pineapple, and grapes. Once eating was underway, I had each girl lift her plate in order to find a sentence describing either a bird, a fruit bat, or both. After reading her clue, the bookie then told me where to put her name on the Venn Diagram.As bellies neared fullness, each book club member shared a picture she drew of a favorite character or scene and shared a discussion question with the group. Open-ended questions ensued with . . .What makes Stellaluna brave?Which is your favorite character from the book, and why?What amazed me the most was how thoroughly the girls had read the book, remembering even minute details.From here, the girls watched a video adaptation of the book entitled Stellaluna (2004), directed by William R. Kowalchuk Jr. Book Club Babes II were also given the option of creating their own bat by following "How to Draw a Bat" instructions found on Pinterest.Miss Elise, the young lady who selected the book for discussion, sent fellow readers home with a goodie bag filled with Stellaluna activity pages, a birdhouse, and paints. My squirt wasted no time in decorating her house.Next discussion: Miss Piper's pick of Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

  • Linda
    2018-12-11 03:44

    Sweet story about a young bat who loses her mother after they are attacked by an owl and is subsequently adopted by a family of birds. It delightfully demonstrates how diverse creatures can coexist. The illustrations are lovely and luminescent.From Kirkus:"With a warm, nicely honed narration, Cannon strikes just the right balance between accurate portrayal of the bats and the fantasy that dramatizes their characteristics. Her illustrations, in luminous acrylics and color pencils, are exquisite. The appealingly furry, wide-eyed, fawn-colored bats have both scientific precision and real character; they're displayed against intense skies or the soft browns and greens of the woodland in spare, beautifully constructed (occasionally even humorous) compositions. Delightful and informative but never didactic: a splendid debut."From Booklist: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."

  • Alyssa
    2018-11-26 04:31

    Stellaluna is a baby bat that is separated from her mother when they are attacked by an owl. Stellaluna finds herself in a bird’s nest, and her adventure of believing she is a bird, learning she is a bat and being reunited with her mother follows. Stellaluna attempts to unite her adopted bird family with her rediscovered bat community. The differences between them prove too difficult to surpass, yet She and her bird ‘siblings’ vow to stay friends. This book includes themes of differences, friendship, fear, & perseverance making it appropriate for character education lessons and discussions about social skills. There are also two pages of notes on bats at the back of the book, lending this text to a science lesson or a unit on animals. The reading level is for kindergarten to grade 2 students. The large full-color illustrations are accompanied by small sketch-like drawings that show Stellaluna’s mother searching for her throughout the story. As with many picture books, the illustrations are so elaborate non-readers can tell the story in their own words using the pictures.

  • Val
    2018-11-19 23:30

    I had only ever read the first few pages prior to today, and I thought this book would be sad. It isn't, it is freaking hilarious!!! The pictures (and the premise) add a lot to the humor -- the idea of a baby fruit bat being adopted by birds is about as hilarious as the idea of Simba being adopted by Timon and Pumba in The Lion King. My favorite moment would be Stellaluna hanging by her thumbs...just the very idea. Anyway, there is a lot to work with in this book for different character voices, and the pictures are also wonderful. The text is not overly-difficult. A good "read aloud" book, though if I were to purchase it myself I would definitely want the hardcover version, as the board book's illustrations are not large enough to easily read to a group of preschoolers.

  • Kaethe
    2018-11-23 23:43

    Such a sweet little bat. I love the effort Stellaluna makes to fit in with her bird fosters, and the efforts they make to be more like her. And it has a happy ending, which is always nice in a book about critters. [That's right, kill the kids all you want, as in [book:The Gashlycrumb Tinies|47558], but don't kill the critters, or I'll get cranky]

  • smetchie
    2018-12-04 04:40

    Can you believe Ellen Pompeo named her daughter after a bat?!? Not just any bat either. NO! One who is separated from her mother in a traumatic attempted murder by an owl and subsequently forced to live with birds and eat BUGS?!?!

  • Dustin Crazy little brown owl
    2018-11-25 03:37

    A simple story with profound ideas about family, friends, identity and environment. With beautiful illustrations, Stellaluna offers thoughts on how a life is shaped & educates on a fascinating flying mammal. A perfect bedtime story to enlighten young minds.

  • Asalyn Holliday
    2018-11-18 23:14

    I love this book! I think it would be great in a unit on animals and could lead to a discussion about nocturnal animals and what that means. This book reminded me of another book by Janell Cannon called Verdi that would also be good in an animal unit.

  • Silk
    2018-11-28 01:26

    Loved it so much!

  • Matthew
    2018-11-26 05:43

    To check out my reviews: http://dancinginthedark.blogspot.comI am surprise that this book wasn't made into a television show because it was insightful, funny, and showcase information about birds and bats! I really enjoyed this book and feel like this has become an instant classic in children's pictures book.We meet Stellaluna who is a newborn fruit bat who still has much to learn about what they eat, how to fly, and how to avoid danger. Her mother tries to teach her and successful they fly into the night looking for food until suddenly out of nowhere this Owl appears and tries to kill them. Luckily for Stellaluna she survive the crash but the whereabouts of her mother is unknown and now she is all alone with nowhere to call home.Until one day this bird notices that Stellaluna is lonely and decides to include her into her family home and quickly Stellaluna learns the new rules of living with birds and how they fly and eat which is quite difficult for her because she is a bat not a bird. While they have become a close knit family, Stellaluna needs to learn how to be on her own and soon meets other bats including her mother.Time has passed tremendously and we see how Stellaluna grows and it was nice to see that her mother wasn't killed by the owl. While she has met her mother again, she is still close to her other family and compromises to meet in the middle and show the birds her world of a bat in the nighttime.What impressed me the most about this book is the author did her research about fruit bats and how these were suppose to be drawn, how they fly, and practically every single question you may be wondering after reading the book. I was grateful that in the last few pages she writes the facts about fruit bats and I believe that is insightful and makes in intriguing for the little kids who read this book.It shows that the author did their homework and should be rewarded for their hard efforts! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I would highly recommend everyone to read it and I wouldn't be surprise if this becomes a series and not just a movie.

  • Maryann
    2018-11-25 23:18

    Summary: Stellaluna is an award winning picture book that tells the story of a bat who loses her mother and grows up with a family of birds. Stellaluna begins to see how different she is from her new mother and brothers and sisters when they do weird things like eat worms, sleep right-side up, and sleep at night. Stellaluna finally meets her real mother and all the other bats and realizes why she felt like she didn’t belong with the bird family. She learns that she does in fact sleep upside down and that she is nocturnal! Response: Stellaluna is a great children’s book that is worthy of a 5 star rating. The book does a wonderful job of educating its readers on bats and birds and the difference between them. The artwork is beautifully drawn and the illustrations do a great job of helping to tell the story of Stellaluna. As our textbook states a good children’s book “expands awareness,” (TMY, 2010, p. 9) and the story of Stellaluna does just that for its readers.Classroom connection: Stellaluna would be a great way for teachers to teach their class about bats and birds and the differences between the two. During a science lesson discussing bats, the teacher can read Stellaluna and the students will gain a lot of knowledge about bats from the story. Although the story itself is fiction, the book is based on facts about bats that are extremely educational. Text Complexity:Interest Level: Grades K - 2Grade level Equivalent: 4.9Lexile Measure: 550LGuided Reading: N

  • Jo
    2018-11-23 06:42

    Stellaluna is a sweet story about a young fruit bat who is raised by a family of birds after becoming separated from her mother. As Stellaluna struggles to fit in with the baby birds who eat bugs instead of fruit and who sleep in a nest instead of hanging upside down, she learns an important lesson in friendship and embracing differences.Adorable illustrations and laugh out loud moments as Stellaluna learns to fly like a bird and clumsily tries to land on a branch. I love the part where she hangs by her thumbs after the mother bird scolds her for hanging by her feet. Too cute! Also funny to see the young birds trying to hang upside down. :)Educational notes about bats are provided at the end of the book and a lovely blurb about the author and how she spent years developing summer reading programs for children. I love this: These programs emphasize information about and involvement with animals, especially those not popularly thought of as cute and cuddly, in an effort to dispel erroneous myths. This same love and respect for all creatures inspired her to choose bats as the subject of her first children's book. <3

  • Deedles
    2018-11-23 03:39

    This book haunted me even in my dreams. I was at Mimi's house and all of a sudden a tree grew from the middle of her floor and out the window. My dad and I climbed out on the limb that hung over a highway that looked eerily similar to that frogger game. All of a sudden Stellaluna showed up with a graduation cap on and one of those pretentious pointer things ivy-league professors supposedly use. Then we were lectured about pollution and how highways result in a numerous amount of roadkill.I woke up feeling like I had a duty to protect the environment. So I guess, this book was influential.

  • haley
    2018-11-15 04:21

    What a lovely story! I first read this (technically, it was read to me) when I was six years old and years later, I still love it. It's about a baby fruit bat named Stellaluna who is separated from her mother at a young age and raised by birds. Eventually, she reunites with her bat family, but remains friends with the birds. I love the moral of this story: that even if you are not like your friends, it is still possible be friends with them. This is a really sweet story, and even though it's a picture book, I think it will resonate with readers of all ages.

  • Kazima
    2018-12-11 00:41

    Very cute book about bats and birds. A little simple, but a good children's book. Halfway through the book I thought the author had been lazy and stupid trying to convince us that bats saw with beams of lights shooting out of their eyes... But at the end of the book there is a fact page about bats, and what do you know? I learned something today. Some bats use their ears and clicking sounds to navigate, and the bigger ones shoot lights out of their eyes! It's amazing how just because you're grown up you think you know everything. ;)

  • Preston Stell
    2018-12-02 01:27

    An education in bats and a little education in birds. How can they seem so similar but be so different. What a wonderful book and a great story. The illustrations were great and the dialogue was comical. There is even an added educational bit in the end that tells you about the variety in bats.

  • Juliet
    2018-11-25 05:28

    My mom read this book to me while I was growing up. I love animals and she loves bats so it just fit :) A cute little story of a young bat figuring out how to be a bat and who she is. Great artwork with a fun design.

  • Sonia
    2018-12-09 04:35

    I really like this book.It's about a bat who gets lost and tries to fit in with a bunch of baby birds.The story portrays that you should be you and your fine the way you are. :)

  • Cassidy Goddard
    2018-12-02 02:36

    Stellaluna is a book written and illustrated by Janell Cannon. This book would fall in the genre of fairy tales. The beginning of this book starts off by stating in a far, far away land which makes me believe this book could be told as a fairy tale. Stellaluna is about a bat who loses her mother after she was attacked by an owl. The bat then lands in a birds nest where the Stellaluna tries to fit in, and the birds try to make her like them. Eventually, Stellaluna finds her mother and family, and she invites the birds to meet her bat family. The problem presented in this book, would be the mother is ripped away from her child, and the child is left alone to become a family with someone else. I feel like this book could be read to a student who may be in foster care. I feel like this story would be applied to younger children. The story is a bit long, but I think younger children would still enjoy the book. The language style was pretty easily read in this book. I liked the fact they used more advanced vocabulary to replace normal words. I feel this would be a good way to introduce children to synonyms, and widen their vocabulary. The illustrations of this book really went well with the book. The illustrations matched each pages thoughts, and followed along well with the story. This book did not represent cultural diversity. It was a book about a bat and birds, so it did not represent true families. I think as a fairy tale, this book has room to use animals as characters, but I feel the book would have been much more effective if the book represented real life characters.

  • Steve Holden
    2018-11-30 23:34

    This is another award-winning classic that's a mainstay in most primary classrooms. The illustrations are beautiful, with a touching story, and a strong message of acceptance and friendship; this is indeed a treasure for young children. This is one, as a second grade teacher now, that is shelved without a focus from me (that's before my grade), but most have fond memories of this one, and I often see this one out during free reading times. It should also be noted that this would easily have to be the most popular book featuring a bat. It has that going for it too!