AUGUST TWEET-TWEETS: The BAT on Day 223 of 365 Days of Literacy for Kids

The Bat

The BAT –

There’s a delightful children’s book about a delightful little Bat. The Bat is named Stellaluna and the book is Stellaluna by Janell Cannon, published in 1993. 

Little Stellaluna finds herself in a nest of 3 baby birds after being separated from her Mama… and she comes to discover the question of her life among the birds:  “How can we be so different and feel so much alike?”

But what is the real tweet-tweet on the Bat in real-life?

Here are a few little tidbits to pass along to your kids and grandkids to combine literature and life:

First, Bats are not birds at all!  Bats are mammals.

The skeleton that supports the Bat’s wings is composed of the Bat’s elongated finger bones.

Most Bats are classified as Microchiroptera, meaning small hand-wing.  These Bats eat insects, fish, amphibians and reptiles.

– Other species of Bats are known as Megachiroptera, meaning large hand-wing.  These Bats are Fruit Bats that live in tropical climates and feed on fruit, flowers and nectar.  Stellaluna is a Fruit Bat.

Ah.  The Bat in real-life.  Combining literature and life makes reading so much more special.

Reading the book Stellaluna gives us a great opportunity to talk with our kids about Bats and birds and birds and Bats… and their similarities and differences!  Knowledge of the Bat as a real-life mammal, not bird, gives you so much to discuss… and your kids so much to think about as they embrace the literature. 

Share the book Stellaluna with your kids and talk about the little Bat Stellaluna’s love and friendship with 3 little birds who share so much in spite of their differences.

Join me here each day in August for AUGUST TWEET-TWEETS on 365 Days of Literacy for Kids! A little fun, a little learning and a bit of “tweet-tweet”!

 

AUGUST TWEET-TWEETS: The BAT on Day 223 of 365 Days of Literacy for Kids was last modified: August 12th, 2011 by Sharon Couto
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AUGUST TWEET-TWEETS: The BAT on Day 223 of 365 Days of Literacy for Kids was last modified: August 12th, 2011 by Sharon Couto