Stellaluna Hardcover – Jan 1 1993
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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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Attacked by an owl, Stellaluna (a fruit bat) is separated from her mother and taken in by a bird and her nestlings. Dutifully, she tries to accommodate--she eats insects, hangs head up, and sleeps at night, as Mama Bird says she must--but once Stellaluna learns to fly, it's a huge relief when her own mother finds her and explains that the behavior that comes naturally is appropriate to her species. 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. (Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.See all Product Description
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Stellaluna's mother does not die or give her up - Stellaluna gets lost during a battle with an owl. Contrary to what another reviewer seems to think, this book is not about adoption, or orphans, or mixed families. It is about accepting others' differences, and about how we are really all the same. On the final page, Stellaluna and her bird friends wonder, "How can we be so different and feel so much alike?" "And how can we feel so different and be so much alike?"
Opposing the gorgeous colour illustrations are tiny black and white illustrations on the pages with text. Wih exquisite detail, these perfect little pictures show Stellaluna's mother searching for her baby bat. Like Jan Brett, Cannon tells a parallel story with these pictures.
As a children's librarian, I have recommended this book to parents who are looking for books on racism or tolerance. However, I most often recommend "Stellaluna" simply because it is the most beautiful picture book I have ever seen. The story of a mother and child being torn apart and reunited (a popular plot) is here both heart-breaking and triumphant in turns.
No one can beat Cannon's amazing illustrations of animals. This book is always a HUGE hit with both children and parents.
Stellaluna is a baby fruit-bat that gets separated from her mother. She lands in a bird's nest and grows up living with them. Stellaluna follows the routines of the birds, and practically becomes one herself. Later in the story she catches up with a few bats, and finds out that one is her mother. She becomes reunited with her, and starts to pick up her old bat routines.
The book implys that you should accept everyone. A child doesn't have to be the only one to know that 'different people' can be accepted. We should all accept people no matter how 'different' they are. We are all the same at heart.
The illustration is also excellent, beautiful, vivid pictures in full color. You can buy a Stellaluna stuffed animal too (I believe there are book and animal sets). They have these neat velcro strips on the feet and wings so you can hang her upside down, asleep in her wings from whatever a four year old can reach.
I am so glad that she has other books available. She is one strong writer that instills morals and lessons with all of her books. I do recommend the hardcover book because the paperback edition does not have the same vivid colors. It is a story that will get used a lot and be enjoyed by many. Enjoy!
The drawings are gorgeous and frequently hilarious. Lots of little things make the book memorable. For instance, I had read it several times before I noticed that small pencil drawings at the top of each page depict mother bat looking EVERYWHERE for Stellaluna even while she is being raised by the birds. There are lots of little things to notice and laugh at, and even though I don't have a child, I certainly think children would enjoy the book.
Most recent customer reviews
Touching book with beautiful illustrations. Small drawings also tell Mom's story as she hunts for her baby. Award winning book.Published on Jan. 12 2013 by Jackie Allen
My book arrived only days after I paid, and it brought such a smile to my face to find this favorite childhood book in excellent condition for such a bargain!Published on Dec 23 2012 by Kayla Ford
Brought me right back to my childhood. Even though I paid almost nothing for the book they still e-mailed me asking if I minded whether there was slight damage to the product. Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2011 by Taylor
I was shocked at the ending-Stellaluna is reunited with her birth family. That never happens to adopted or orphaned children, nor do stepchildren ever see their original family... Read morePublished on July 10 2004 by K. Smith
This book is about a young fruit bat, who gets separated from her family and has to learn how to live like another bird. Read morePublished on May 20 2004
My son loves this book! Every night its in the pile of books to read. We read it so much he knows the book my heart and is learning the words himself. Read morePublished on May 19 2004 by Marisa Nitsch
Stellaluna is about a bat who lost her mother. She was then raised by birds and learned to grow up like them (fly during day/eat worms). Read morePublished on March 16 2004 by dakota7997
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