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Stellaluna – a book review from Shirley’s Corner

Book Review by S. A. Barone

Stellaluna is one of the most endearing children’s picture books on the market today.  It has been around for several years and still remains one of the most popular stories.  The illustrations are beautiful and amazing.  Author and illustrator, Janell Cannon, used acrylics and Prismacolor pencils to bring her characters to life.  Her colors are soft and subtle with bold and expressive backgrounds. Both the text and the illustrations are unique and inspiring. 

This is a story about a little fruit bat that becomes separated from her mother.  Somehow she falls headfirst into a bird’s nest and is raised like a bird until she is reunited with her mother.  Stellaluna learns to be like the birds. She learns to eat food that crawls, and she learns to stay awake all day and sleep at night in the nest with her bird family. One day she is scolded by her bird mother for teaching her new siblings, Pip, Flitter and Flap, how to hang upside down. Stellaluna also learns the meaning of friendship.

Janell Cannon, enjoys writing stories about animals, especially those that are not popular, like bats.  Stellaluna is a must read for all children and parents. Some other titles by Cannon include Verdi, a snake, Pinduli, a hyena and Crickwing, a cockroach. I recommend them all!

Happy Reading!

Shirley is a published children’s writer. She has publishing credits in Highlights for Children, Turtle, Children’s Playmate, Humpty Dumpty, and Chicken Soup for the Pre-teen Soul. Shirley  has won a Distinguished Meritorious Service Award from the California School Boards Association for authoring an elective program that was adopted in schools in the Western United States and in areas of New York City. To learn more about Shirley and her art, visit www.sabarone.com

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  1. Great book review. I haven't read this in awhile but on my next trip to Barnes and Noble with my granddaughter, which we do regularly, I will certainly put Stellaluna on our shopping list.

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