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Stellaluna, Janell Cannon


In this lovingly painted picture book, a mother bat and her baby Stellaluna are separated after being attacked by an owl. The baby bat takes shelter in a bird’s nest, much to the dismay of the mother bird, who feeds her grasshoppers and forbids her from teaching the baby birds how to hang upside down. Stellaluna obligingly adapts to the ways of the birds, until one day while flying, she becomes separated and meets a group of bats, who gape at her birdlike ways. Eventually Stellaluna is reunited with her mother, and despite their differences, remains friends with the birds who sheltered her.

This now classic children’s book was first published in 1993. Two pages of notes at the back of the book provide facts about fruit bats, including their diet, habits, and physical characteristics.

Perhaps a reflection on an article which I read earlier today, but my initial thoughts on rereading this book immediately jumped to the idea of intercultural adoption, and how cultural heritage can be lost when this happens. Happily, in this children’s book, Stellaluna is able to adapt to bridge both the bat and bird world.

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