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Stellaluna is a fruit bat, separated from her mother before she can fly. Looked after by birds, she learns about similarities, differences and the essence of friendship.
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Published February 1st 1999 by Not Avail (first published April 30th 1993)
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Adam Silvera
May 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Feb 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, illustrated
I bought some children's books and was about to gift them but decided to read them first before giving them away. This particular book I used to read to my daughter when she was little. Not surprising that I don't remember what the plot was about, as many times as I probably read this to her.

It is such a cute book about a bat who becomes separated from her mom and is raised by a bird family. She must adapt to the bird ways or abandon the nest so that Mama Bird's babies don't pick up Stellaluna's
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book with a healthy message. Themes: identity, friendship, acceptance, kindness and the list goes on. Recommended to all children.
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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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 23, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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?!?!
Asalyn Holliday
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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

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
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
Jun 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 02, 2009 rated it liked it
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
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 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Preston Stell
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An education in bats and a little education in birds. How can they seem so similar but be so different. What a wonderful book and a great story. The illustrations were great and the dialogue was comical. There is even an added educational bit in the end that tells you about the variety in bats.
Such a sweet little bat. I love the effort Stellaluna makes to fit in with her bird fosters, and the efforts they make to be more like her. And it has a happy ending, which is always nice in a book about critters. [That's right, kill the kids all you want, as in [book:The Gashlycrumb Tinies|47558], but don't kill the critters, or I'll get cranky]
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
A simple story with profound ideas about family, friends, identity and environment. With beautiful illustrations, Stellaluna offers thoughts on how a life is shaped & educates on a fascinating flying mammal. A perfect bedtime story to enlighten young minds.
Oct 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kendare Blake
Sep 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How cute is this book? A bat who tries to be a bird. Lovely illustrations. I bought it immediately and forced it on every child I knew.
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. :)
Steve Holden
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another award-winning classic that's a mainstay in most primary classrooms. The illustrations are beautiful, with a touching story, and a strong message of acceptance and friendship; this is indeed a treasure for young children.

This is one, as a second grade teacher now, that is shelved without a focus from me (that's before my grade), but most have fond memories of this one, and I often see this one out during free reading times. It should also be noted that this would easily have to b
Laura (Book Scrounger)
A cute picture book about a lost bat who eventually is found by her mother again -- it also helps point out some of the primary differences and similarities between birds and bats.

This caught my interest because my daughter's name is Stella, but I realized the bat's name basically means "Star-moon." Makes sense!
Stella Luna is a book about a bat that get raised by birds after being attacked by an owl. she was forced to learnt he ways of the birds and eat bugs. This book is about learning that just because your friend is a little bit different doesn't mean your cant still be friends.
-Story time
-students that may feel left out by their class mates.
-it would be fine for small groups
-it would be fine for large groups as well.
-its a picture book
-no multimedia
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