Jan 22, 2015


by Janell Cannon

Stellaluna is an adorable young fruit bat. She is accidentally separated from her mother, and adopted by a family of birds- but only if she can follow mother bird's rules of conduct. So Stellaluna tries to adjust and learn to live like the birds- although some things make her miserable (eating bugs) and she's particularly awkward at landing upright. When Stellaluna learns to fly she is discovered by other fruit bats and learns her true identity. Then she wants to introduce her bird friends to her bat family- only to discover that they find bat manners just as strange!

This is a lovely picture book. It's a wonderful story about friendship and acceptance, teaching children about the biology of bats and birds at the same time. The end of the book has some facts on bats as well, for those who want to learn more. I have to share some of my favorite pictures with you:
especially this one

Rating: 4/5       48 pages, 1993

more opinions:
The Well-Read Child
The Reading Tub


bermudaonion said...

I remember that book from when Vance was young. It's gorgeous!

carol said...

This was never a favorite at our house when Amber was little.

Jeane said...

Amber didn't like it?

Jenny @ Reading the End said...

I think my little sister had this book when she was small! I vaguely recall that there might have been a stuffed bat that went with it, but it may not have been an actual companion to the book, just a stuffed bat my mother got my sister.

Literary Feline said...

I love the artwork in this book. We have two copies on our shelves of this one, both gifts from different people--one a big version and the other a smaller version. I love the story, and so does my daughter. :-)

Jeane said...

There's a short animated film of it too! My daughter actually found the film on library shelf once, which prompted me to look for the book.

Literary Feline said...

I'll have to look for the movie! I bet my daughter would love that.