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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Stellalluna

"Stellaluna" by Janell Cannon, 1993

This picture book appears on many favorite children's book lists that I have seen in online articles and random brochures I pick up here and there. It is hardly a favorite of mine, (I think it has something to do with the fact that it's about bats), but it is a good picture book. Specifically I think given it is about bats and birds, Halloween is a great time of year to read this story.

Stellaluna is the name of a baby bat who narrowly escapes death by an owl. She lands in a birds nest with three baby birds. Stellaluna makes friends with the birds, and Mama bird takes care of Stellaluna. After the baby birds try and imitate Stellaluna hanging upside down, Mama scolds Stellaluna into behaving appropriately in order to stay in the nest. Stellaluna complies and continues to eat bird food and tries to land like birds land. But Stellaluna is clumsy and could not land gracefully.

Read this story to find out how Stellaluna is reunited with her own Mama and discovers that she has a lot in common with her baby bird friends even though they are different creatures.

This story resonates with many children as they struggle with their imperfections and fitting in with peers.

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