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While out searching for food, fruit bat Stellaluna and her mother are attacked by a vicious owl. Stellaluna is separated from Mother Bat and taken in by a family of birds where she must put aside her bat habits to fit in with her new family. But one fateful flight when she is separated from her adoptive siblings, Stellaluna is reunited with her bat family and learns that even though we’re different, we’re very much the same.

When young fruit bat Stellaluna is separated from her mother, she’s adopted by a family of birds with very different habits in this award-winning and bestselling picture book classic.

Baker & Taylor
After Stellaluna accidently lands in a bird's nest, the birds raise the baby fruit bat as one of their own, and when she is finally reunited with her mother, she appreciates both her differences and her new friendships.

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After she falls headfirst into a bird's nest, a baby bat is raised like a bird until she is reunited with her mother.
After she falls headfirst into a bird's nest, a baby bat is raised like a bird until she is reunited with her mother

Publisher: New York : Harcourt Brace, 1993
ISBN: 9780152802172
Characteristics: p. ; cm


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Sep 18, 2017

A gorgeous book about individuality and belonging. The art is comedic and beautiful. The story sweet and touching. It's a book we return to again and again.

Mar 31, 2014

When our family was younger, this was one of our favourite story time books. Sensitive and sweet.

forbesrachel Mar 29, 2014

After an encounter with an owl, Stellaluna is flung loose from her mother into the world. By chance she lands in the nest of some birds, who immediately adopt her. There is one problem though, Stellaluna is a bat, but her new mother expects her to act like a bird. By struggling to do it the bird way, to some comedic results, she finds out that their perspective is not best for a bat. In the end, Stellaluna is reunited with her original family, then taught their ways.

In a nice sentiment, her differences do not prevent her from remaining friends with the bird family. Every individual is different, whether these are physical or personal traits should not mean that we should judge others as "wrong". It is more important to remember the similarities we all share.

Bats and birds are excellent substitutes for this lesson. The art is realistic, however there are some instances of levity where it departs from this to portray the animals doing uncharacteristic actions. To make this truly great teaching material, the author gives this moral lesson in a way that incorporates information about the animals within the story. Additional information on bats is included in the back.

KRockstar10 Dec 09, 2013

I know I've read this one before, but it had been a long while, so I was happy to give it another look. The artwork is beautiful and there's lots of sneaky learning about bats and birds, disguised behind a cute story. I am still very afraid of bats, but I can deal with Stellaluna.

Nov 10, 2013

great book.

Nov 07, 2013

to be honest - with all the hype I expected better... not at all what I thought it would be... neither my 5.5yo nor I were 'awed'...

BakerStreetIrregular Mar 03, 2011

My favourite book as a child. I've read it over and over :)

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Sep 18, 2017

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