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STELLALUNA

Author: Janell Cannon

Illustrator: Jewell Cannon

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Publisher: Harcourt,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Stellaluna is a brown bat that is separated from her mother at birth. She is raised in a nest with other birds. Ultimately she recognizes that she's not a bird and has to learn to accept that being different is Okay. This is a picture book about self-discovery.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 3.5

Age of Child: Started reading with 3-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: When we first tried to read the story, we didn't get much interest. It's now a year later, and s/he'll pull this one from the shelf as one of the regular bedtime books.

Adult Reader Reaction: We like the story ... and the fact that it's not your usual animal character. There's plenty to learn, too. We're still not sure what took so long to garner interest.

Pros: The story is positive, moves quickly, and its message is easily absorbed by preschoolers.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. The story has several layers that your kids can grab onto and enjoy.

If You Liked This Book, Try: ARE YOU MY MOTHER?   I TOOK THE MOON FOR A WALK   HORACE

Educational Themes: There book offers information that lets you talk about life as a bat and bird, as well as opportunities to talk about safety and being true to one's self.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2006

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