Based on a child's opinion, this is one of the best books in her library. If I had to guess, I would say she felt genuine heartbreak for the little bat who was separated from her mother after an owl attack, and extreme joy when they were reunited.
As an adult and parent, I rate the book as the best because of the writing style and real animal facts woven throughout the story. Children are being entranced by the fiction story as well as educated about fruit bats. Personally, I like all bats, but I think the choice of a fruit bat is perfect for a child's story. After all, fruit bats eat fruit!
The illustrations in this book are fabulous! They are accurate depictions of a bats body features and give the bat a gentle, endearing face. If you have ever looked at a fruit bats face, you would find they have rather cute furry faces in reality. Bats are the only mammals that can fly. Except for the wings, they look like other mammals. As a matter of fact, they are called flying foxes because they facially resemble a fox.
Stellaluna - Recommended Children's Book
|Scanned photo of one of the Illustrations in the Book|
Because Stellaluna is starving, she finally opts to open her mouth, close her eyes and accept the disgusting live lunch the mother bird is feeding her babies. Stellaluna has to learn to live like a bird in order to survive, but she still sleeps hanging upside down. Her adopted siblings are intrigued and want to hang upside down too. The mother bird returns and reprimands the babies, saying they will fall and break their necks. As the babies return to the safety of the nest, the momma bird refuses Stellaluna admittance unless she promises to behave and stop being a bad influence on her baby birds.
The birds and baby bat grow up together, eat together, and learn to fly together. Landing gracefully like the birds proves to be impossible for poor Stellaluna. Their differences are once again obvious and embarrassing for Stellaluna.
There is more to this fabulous story, including how Stellaluna is reunited with her mother, but I will let you discover the rest of the story for yourself.
My Opinion of Stellaluna
StellalunaThere are several reasons why I would recommend this book for children. I have already mentioned the educational value and the exceptionally entertaining writing style of the author. But, I would also like to point out the real life lessons about how we can all learn to live and love others in spite of our differences. How we can learn to survive even when we are out of our element. Children won't recognize those lessons as they read the book, but they may well recall the lessons taught when they encounter challenges at school or later in life.
Not only are the differences between bird and bats evident when reading the fiction story, there are "Bat Notes" at the back of the book that share real facts about bats. A wonderful addition to help children learn fact from fiction.
This book is loved by both girls and boys. Our son also lists Stellaluna as one of his favorite childhood books. How do I know? He walked by while I was writing this review and said, "that is a great book!"
Stellaluna Plush Toy Animal
In 1994, the Stellaluna plush was available to purchase with the book. Our daughter has the plush Stellaluna. They are no longer produced and can only be purchased from secondary markets like Amazon.com or Ebay where they are pretty expensive.
However, a child will not recognize the difference in the original Stellaluna plush and a fruit bat plush. I recommend choosing one that resembles Stellaluna and allow you child to enjoy having a little fruit bat of their own.
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