Stellaluna

Bibliographic Information: Cannon, Janell. Stellaluna. San Diego, CA: Harcourt, 1993

Brief Annotation: Stellaluna looses her mother and ends up in a nest with baby birds.  She lives with the birds and tries to become more like them, even giving up hanging by her feet.  When she gets old enough to fly, she comes upon a group of bats and is reunited with her mother.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: Kindergarten-2

Readers who will like this: Students who enjoy animals, students who have ever felt the need to fit in.

Rating/Response: 5 – This book is a delightful read with charming illustrations.  It may surprise some students that the main character is a fruit bat, meaning she doesn’t eat bugs!

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What do you know about bats?

Reading Strategy: Synthesizing

Rationale for Strategy: This book is an entertaining way to introduce the topic of bats, before reading students can talk about what they already know about bats.  After reading the story, the teacher and the students can go through the facts in the back of the book and talk about what they learned.

Posted by: Olivia Cyr

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