- Written by: Janell Cannon
- Illustrated by: Janell Cannon
- Published by: HMH Books for Young Readers
- Suggested grade level: K – 2nd
Sweet story about a young bat who loses her mother after they are attacked by an owl and is subsequently adopted by a family of birds. It delightfully demonstrates how diverse creatures can coexist. The illustrations are lovely and luminescent.
“With a warm, nicely honed narration, Cannon strikes just the right balance between accurate portrayal of the bats and the fantasy that dramatizes their characteristics. Her illustrations, in luminous acrylics and color pencils, are exquisite. The appealingly furry, wide-eyed, fawn-colored bats have both scientific precision and real character; they’re displayed against intense skies or the soft browns and greens of the woodland in spare, beautifully constructed (occasionally even humorous) compositions. Delightful and informative but never didactic: a splendid debut.”
Cannon’s delightful story is full of gentle humor, and even young children will understand the little bat’s need to fit in. Cannon provides good information about bats in the story, amplifying it in two pages of notes at the end of the book. Her full-page colored-pencil-and-acrylic paintings fairly glow: Stellaluna’s depiction reflects the starlight and moonlight of the bat’s name, and the pictures of the creature hauling herself onto a limb, hanging by her thumbs, and “joy-flying” are truly amusing.”