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Janell Cannon


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.

Character Education Focus:

  • Learn about and respect each other’s differences.
  • Respect yourself and your own unique qualities.

Reading Objective:


  • compare and contrast the lives of the birds and Stellaluna’s bat family. You may use the provided Venn Diagram (click here to download).  


Writing Objective:  The learners will write about a time when they were expected to act or do things in a way that they were not used to (i.e., play a different position on a sports team, sing in a play even though you have not practiced or consider yourself a singer).

ASCA: Grade 1, PS:A1.1    Develop positive attitudes toward self as a unique and worthy person.

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