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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.
Publisher: San Diego [Calif.] : Harcourt, c1993
ISBN: 9780152802172
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,ill. (some col.)


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Jun 19, 2019

This is very much a classic style book. If your child is used to iPads and learned their alphabet from an electronic device rather than a parent... you probably won't appreciate this type of story. Think of going camping (the classic social interactive) versus playing a video game (device dependent isolation). Personally, my toddlers were so engaged about what was happening to the bat, whether she would be OK with the birds, and thrilled with the happy reunion. It was a life story that made them think about independence, adapting to new environments, learning from others, finding happiness, and reassurance about how much a mother really loves her babies!

Dec 13, 2018

A cute story and solid resource for helping children learn about the differences between bats and birds.

Apr 20, 2018

Cute story, one I don't remember reading when I was younger.

Sep 18, 2017

A gorgeous book about individuality and belonging. The art is comedic and beautiful. The story sweet and touching. It's a book we return to again and again.

Mar 31, 2014

When our family was younger, this was one of our favourite story time books. Sensitive and sweet.

forbesrachel Mar 29, 2014

After an encounter with an owl, Stellaluna is flung loose from her mother into the world. By chance she lands in the nest of some birds, who immediately adopt her. There is one problem though, Stellaluna is a bat, but her new mother expects her to act like a bird. By struggling to do it the bird way, to some comedic results, she finds out that their perspective is not best for a bat. In the end, Stellaluna is reunited with her original family, then taught their ways.

In a nice sentiment, her differences do not prevent her from remaining friends with the bird family. Every individual is different, whether these are physical or personal traits should not mean that we should judge others as "wrong". It is more important to remember the similarities we all share.

Bats and birds are excellent substitutes for this lesson. The art is realistic, however there are some instances of levity where it departs from this to portray the animals doing uncharacteristic actions. To make this truly great teaching material, the author gives this moral lesson in a way that incorporates information about the animals within the story. Additional information on bats is included in the back.

KRockstar10 Dec 09, 2013

I know I've read this one before, but it had been a long while, so I was happy to give it another look. The artwork is beautiful and there's lots of sneaky learning about bats and birds, disguised behind a cute story. I am still very afraid of bats, but I can deal with Stellaluna.

Nov 10, 2013

great book.

Nov 07, 2013

to be honest - with all the hype I expected better... not at all what I thought it would be... neither my 5.5yo nor I were 'awed'...

BakerStreetIrregular Mar 03, 2011

My favourite book as a child. I've read it over and over :)

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Sep 18, 2017

cjbenjamin thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 10


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