Children's Corner: Stellaluna - Reading List

Children's Corner: Stellaluna

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Children's Corner

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon  a Feature on Reading List's Children's Corner


About the Book

This classic looks at friendship and how friends can be made even with those who are very different in many ways.  Stellaluna** is a bat who, through some awful events, ends up falling into a bird's nest.  As a baby, she needs a family to provide food, shelter and safety.  The baby birds see Stellaluna as a part of the family, yet mama bird doesn't seem to agree...

Eventually the babies all learn that they get to leave the nest and be their own selves, and they want to be together because they are "friends."

Why We Like It

This is a fun read.  We have been reading this book in our house for years.  It was one of the longer books I would read to my babies to help grow their attention span for books.  And the bats seemed to hold the attention of my little boys extremely well.

The message in the book is also amazing.   The idea that these baby birds want so badly to be friends with Stellaluna, even though they are extremely different, and mama bird does not seem to keen on the friendship at all.

The more I read it, as an adult, I see a valuable lesson in it for me - I need to let my kids pick their own friends. Sure I might have to gently redirect when they are very young, but now that school is taking up hours of their days, I have to trust them to be drawn to good spirited kids, even if I don't see it at first.  I certainly don't want to be too much like mama bird, and making a child conform to my expectations.  

The message of different isn't bad, it's just different, is important for kids and adults alike to internalize. While there are some social standards that need to need to be followed, we don't want to squash all aspects of individuality.

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon  a feature on Reading List's Children's Corner

Title: Stellaluna
Author: Janell Cannon
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 1993
For ages: preschool and up... we read this to one year olds during lap time

"How can we be so different and feel so much alike?" #Stellaluna @Reading_List1

Check out some great activities and crafts to go along with Stellaluna and Bats! 

Have you read Stellaluna to your kids?  Do you read longer books to your young children? 

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