Stellaluna is a baby bat. Her life is moving along right on schedule—until an owl attacks her mother, knocking the little batlet out of her mother’s loving grasp. The tiny bat is lucky enough to land in a nest of baby birds, but her whole world has just turned upside down. Stellaluna’s adoptive bird mom accepts her into her nest, but only on the condition that Stellaluna will act like a bird, not a bat. Soon Stellaluna has learned to behave like a good bird and quits hanging by her feet and starts eating bugs. But when she finally has an opportunity to show her bird siblings what life as a bat is like, all of them are confused. “How can we be so different and feel so much alike?” asked two of the little birds. “I agree,” Stellaluna responds. “But we’re friends. And that’s a fact.” Anyone who has ever been asked to be someone they’re not will understand the problems and possibilities Stellaluna faces. Lessons of self-respect and respect for each other are evident.