Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon - ADVISABLE

Cannon, Janell Stellaluna BOARD BOOK. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1993. $7.99.  978-0152062873

 Stellaluna is a baby bat who gets separated from her mother and ends up being raised with a trio of baby birds in their nest. Going against her nature, she learns to eat bugs, sleep right side up, and sleep at night. Once she learns to fly, Stellaluna is found by her bat family and is ecstatic to discover creatures like herself who eat delicious fruit and sleep upside down and do all the things she feels most comfortable. Returning to her bird family, the birds and Stellaluna discover they can be friends and embrace both their similarities and their differences.

This book has been around for over twenty years and there's a reason it is still a favorite. The story of Stellaluna is timeless and one kids and adults can continue to appreciate. I love the unique nature of this story--who would ever figure on a fruit bat being the protagonist of a picture book?--as well as the simple but lovely illustrations. This is a great choice for a board book, allowing it to be shared with a younger audience.

Pre-K--ADVISABLE. Reviewer: TC

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