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Stellaluna Hardcover – Jan 1 1993

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (Jan. 1 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152802177
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152802172
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 1 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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Format: Hardcover
Janell Cannon writes the most sweet stories, and creates the most beautiful illustrations, that I have ever seen. I am a children's librarian, and I have seen a lot.

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.
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By A Customer on March 11 2003
Format: Hardcover
The first thing that attracted me to Stellaluna was the illustrations. Creative, bright, and imaginative pictures always catch my attention. And this book has just that, imaginative, good painted pictures.
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.
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This book is one of my all time favorite children's books, possibly THE favorite. The illustrations are gorgeous, the story is very touching, and the content is educational. My daughter loves this book. We read it over and over when she was younger, and now we read it to our new baby. The story is so sweet, it literally puts a lump in my throat and tears to my eyes when I read it. Enjoy it with your children!
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Stellaluna is perhaps my favorite picture book ever written! This is the story of a baby fruit bat who is separated from her mother when a hawk attacks them. She falls into a nest of baby birds and ends up being raised as a bird. She tries to teach the baby birds to hang from their feet (an amusing picture). When this makes mamma bird VERY angry, Stellaluna tries to learn to perch like a bird. She cringes and gulps down insects and flies during the day. She becomes good friends with her bird siblings. Finally she is rediscovered by the fruit bats. She then learns that she is a bat, not a bird, and her strange habits are just fine for a bat.
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.
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Stellaluna is perhaps my favorite picture book ever written! This is the story of a baby fruit bat who is separated from her mother when a hawk attacks them. She falls into a nest of baby birds and ends up being raised as a bird. She tries to teach the baby birds to hang from their feet (an amusing picture). When this makes mamma bird VERY angry, Stellaluna tries to learn to perch like a bird. She cringes and gulps down insects and flies during the day. She becomes good friends with her bird siblings. Finally she is rediscovered by the fruit bats. She then learns that she is a bat, not a bird, and her strange habits are just fine for a bat.
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.
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By A Customer on May 16 2003
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book after taking it out in the library. It has the most beautiful and sweet illustrations. Jannell Cannon really drives the point home that we should accept others for what makes them wonderfully unique. There is no casting judgment. Stellaluna's bird friends are curious, experimental, and enthusiastic. It describes the personality traits of young kids. This helps the author to connect with her readers to draw them into the book. Every page is a wonderful illustration that helps to support the story. My son who is almost 6 loves to look at the illustrations. He made up his own story based upon the pictures. Since then, he wants to hear the story over and over. He notices how the words are described the pictures. Not in these big words but he describes it well! The illustrations all look like they would make beautiful Hallmark cards or posters ready to frame.
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!
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