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Stellaluna is the tender story of a lost young bat who finally finds her way safely home to her mother and friends. This award-winning book by Janell Cannon has sold over 500,000 copies and was on the bestseller list for more than two years.
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published April 30th 1993 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Adam Silvera
Jul 08, 2014 Adam Silvera rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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 bo

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
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I read this book so often when I was younger! It is so cute!
Sep 18, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
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. An ...more
May 07, 2012 Meghan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 6 and under, parents for read-aloud
Recommended to Meghan by: A parenting blog
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 ou
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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
Apr 08, 2008 Linda rated it it was amazing
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.
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, ...more
Mar 03, 2016 Kelley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
I read this book to a classroom of first graders

The 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!
Asalyn Holliday
Jul 10, 2014 Asalyn Holliday rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animals
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.
Oct 02, 2009 smetchie rated it liked it
Shelves: children
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?!?!
Loved it so much!
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I 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
Mar 29, 2014 Alyssa added it
Shelves: picture-books
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, friend
Oct 23, 2012 Maryann rated it it was amazing

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
Jun 03, 2010 Jo rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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 hang
Oct 23, 2015 Juliet rated it really liked it
Shelves: 02-fantasy
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.
Oct 02, 2012 Deedles rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood
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
Haley  *all systems go, the sun hasn't died*
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 p ...more
Dec 25, 2008 Kazima rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Children and anyone who likes bats
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 grow ...more
May 16, 2015 Sonia rated it really liked it
Shelves: tutoring-books
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. :)
Kelli Torgersen
Sep 01, 2015 Kelli Torgersen rated it really liked it
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon is a heart warming children's story about a young bat named Stellaluna. Stellaluna would spend all day long with her mother until one day when an owl swooped down and separated Stellaluna from her mother. Stellaluna finds herself in a nest with several baby birds. There the baby birds tease her for doing bat like things so she tries to adopt some of the birds' habits and eventually the baby birds learn to hang upside down just like Stellaluna. Eventually Stellaluna is ...more
Nicole Shirmer
Feb 25, 2015 Nicole Shirmer rated it it was amazing
Stellaluna is a baby bat who gets separated from her mother one night. She ends up in a nest with baby birds. The mother accepts her but wants her to act like a bird and quit teaching her babies bad habits. Her new friends help her to do this. One day, when they are practicing flying, Stellaluna flies to far ahead of them and they can't tell her that they are going back. She runs into a group of bats and is reunited with her mother and completely returns to her bat ways while staying friends wit ...more
Katie Coleman
Feb 10, 2015 Katie Coleman rated it it was amazing
Summary: Stellaluna is a fruit bat who hangs onto her mom at night as she flies around finding food. But, one night Stellaluna's mom is attacked about an owl and the two are separated. Stellaluna then finds herself in a nest, with 3 baby birds named Pip, Flitter, and Flap. She is so confused and sad, but the three little birds and their mom take her in. Over time, Stellaluna is forced to change her bat ways to bird ways in order stay in the nest. When all 4 of the new friends are old enough they ...more
Rosa Cline
Mar 04, 2016 Rosa Cline rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
My daughter received this book by my dear friend, my 6th grade teacher when she was 2 1/2 years old that was back in 1996. We read this book together many, many times and now am reading to that same daughter's little girl. My Dear Friend recommended it to remind us that we are always remembered and always loved, just as Stellaluna was.

Stellaluna is a book about a baby fruit bat. Her mother loved her dearly and took wonderful care of her. Until an owl attacks them and Stellaluna gets knocked off
Maria Bulfamante
Apr 03, 2015 Maria Bulfamante rated it it was amazing
Aww this is such a wonderful book! Bats are not my favorite animal, but it sure is a cute book!
Feb 12, 2016 Irina rated it it was amazing
We read this book in science when we were learning about nocturnal animals. Some students decided they want to learn more about bats and this was a great intro book for that. This is also a great book to read when talking about friendships.
R. G. Nairam
Mar 30, 2016 R. G. Nairam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books, to-own
Julia Maisel
Mar 24, 2016 Julia Maisel rated it really liked it
Stellaluna is a fruit bat that was weak when she was a newborn and could not fly on her own. One day, an owl attacked Stellaluna and her mother as they flew through the sky. Trying to defend herself and her baby, the mother bat dropped Stellaluna and she plummeted below. She was rescued after she landed into a birds' nest and they taught her how to live life as a bird. Stellaluna got separated from her bird friends one day and flew to a tree that had a fellow bat hanging upside down. When Stella ...more
Lauren Grosch
Feb 22, 2016 Lauren Grosch rated it it was amazing
Stellaluna was one of my favorite books when I was younger. It's the story of a baby fruit bat who gets separated from her mother and ends up in a birds nest. She has to learn to be like a bird, which includes eating grasshoppers and sleeping at night instead of during the day. She teaches the baby birds to hang upside down but the mother bird doesn't like that. When she learns how to fly with the birds, she goes too far ahead and doesn't get back to the nest. But she ends up finding another gro ...more
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