Picture Book - 1993
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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.
Publisher: San Diego [Calif.] : Harcourt, c1993
ISBN: 9780152802172
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : ill. (some col.)


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Jan 23, 2021

The lost bat conforms to her new family but eventually finds her mother and returns to her old ways. The birds then try conforming to the bat. They remain friends in the end despite their differences.

Apr 13, 2020

This is a classic tale of a bat losing her family and finding a new home. While the story is slower, it has a great message of acceptance and belonging.

Apr 09, 2020

Classic book with a great storyline and beautiful illustrations.

Oct 16, 2019

This is only incidentally a story about bats and birds! The crux of the story is on the last page. The bat and the birds, so different, find that they have the same feelings and like each other in spite of the fact that they are so different. Why? because. they had a shared life perhaps? The book's message is deeply moving and relevant for our very troubled times.

Jun 19, 2019

This is very much a classic style book. If your child is used to iPads and learned their alphabet from an electronic device rather than a parent... you probably won't appreciate this type of story. Think of going camping (the classic social interactive) versus playing a video game (device dependent isolation). Personally, my toddlers were so engaged about what was happening to the bat, whether she would be OK with the birds, and thrilled with the happy reunion. It was a life story that made them think about independence, adapting to new environments, learning from others, finding happiness, and reassurance about how much a mother really loves her babies!

Dec 13, 2018

A cute story and solid resource for helping children learn about the differences between bats and birds.

Apr 20, 2018

Cute story, one I don't remember reading when I was younger.

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.

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Jan 23, 2021

bell5133 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 8

Sep 18, 2017

cjbenjamin thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 10


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