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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  98 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
All the young wild animals think Bat is mad. How can she say a tree has the trunk at the top and the leaves at the bottom? Until, that is, they consult wise Owl who suggests that if they just try looking at things from Bat's point of view, they might see thing very differently.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published October 4th 2007 by Andersen (first published 2006)
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Caroline Foster
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The philosopher Thomas Nagel famously wrote a paper called ‘What is it like to be a bat? ’, in which he argued that though we might be able to imagine the kind of experiences a bat has – flying around at night, hanging upside down, catching insects in our mouths, and so on – we can only imagine what it would be like for us to be a bat, not what it is like for a bat to be a bat; we cannot replicate the subjective experience of ‘batness’.

Happily, real world thought experiments in putting ourselves
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Marilyn
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story begins by the line: "There was once a bat who got everything round the wrong way". Why could that be? Her perspective on life was hanging by her feet and seeing the world in a topsy-turvy way....not a normal way, that could be understood by the other wild, young animal around her. When she first landed in the neighbourhood Wise Owl wanted to give her a welcome gift. The young animals were asked to go and find out what she would like. She asked for an umbrella so her feet wouldn't get w ...more
Bethany
Jul 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
Bat sees the world upside down. All the other animals think he's ridiculous and, of course, wrong. They tell him he's wrong ("daft") when he says that he needs an umbrella to keep his feet dry, or that the rising water of the river will get his ears wet. But when Bat finally asks them to hang upside down from a tree limb, they see the world as he does, and they understand that Bat wasn't wrong--he's just seing things from a different point of view.

This is an excellent book that teaches a valuabl
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ckodama152
Aug 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
All the wild young animals think the new Bat is crazy. They don't understand it when Bat asks for an umbrella to keep its feet dry when it rains. Isn't an umbrella for keeping our heads dry when it rains, not our feet? The animals think Bat's loony when she says that the sky is below her and the ground is above her head. If they only could see the world from Bat's perspective then they might think differently.

This is a good story for elementary students to encourage them to look at situations fr
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Carol Royce Owen
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When bat asks for an umbrella from his friends to keep his feet dry, all of the creatures think he is crazy. As they talk with him, they find he says even crazier things, so bizarre that they go to the wise owl to see what can be done about daft bat. Owl comes and asks owl some questions, and then has one special questions for the other animals. A great book to teach children that sometimes we need to look through the eyes of others to see what they see.
Picture the book
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
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Melody
Jan 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aloud
The illustrations weren't my favorites, and the story was cute but not very involving for the five-year-old in the audience. He was drawn in before the end, however, so all was not lost. Also, daft was a new word for both members of my audience, so that was good. 2.5
Rhica
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute story about perspective.
Denise
Apr 24, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Very British, "barmy" gave it away.
Alicia
Jun 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet.
Nojood Alsudairi
Jul 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
From the bat's point of view everything is reversed but the other animal cobs think he is crazy. The owel, as usual, clears the dilema. A unique way of presnting illustrations and text.
Dee
Mar 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
I loved the last page. Very clever!
Mary
May 12, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute but not for storytime. I'm not coordinated enough to flip books back and forth!
Renee Brown
Although the premise is good, the story seems too contrived. Kids will enjoy the pictures of the animals seeing the world from bat's point of view.
Jim
Apr 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
being different is good
Zack
Sep 22, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as much fun as I had hoped. Could work in a storytime, but I don't know if I liked it enough to give it a shot. Is this vague enough?
Jillian Heise
Emphasizing the importance of looking at things from others' perspectives with humor on the part of animals who think bat doesn't know what he is talking about and is "daft"
Sarah
Jul 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Fun safari animals, a refreshingly sweet-tempered bat, and a nice lesson all wrapped up with fun illustrations provide a great way to learn a new word! Fun for preschool and older.
Kristin
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, animals, preschool, bats
This is a picture book about the importance of judgment (i.e. not doing it).
Elizabeth
Nov 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a delightful book about seeing things from a different perspective! Swing upside down like a bat and you will see things in a brand new way!
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Kate Hastings
Jan 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pre-K halloween bats
Funny book about a bat who has everything upside-down.
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Jeanne Willis was born in St Albans and trained as an advertising copywriter at Watford College. She worked for various agencies creating press adverts and TV, cinema and radio commercials. She is now a full-time writer and has published over 80 books. Her hobbies include gardening, reading (non-fiction), natural history and collecting caterpillars. Jeanne has also worked on scripts for TV, includ ...more
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