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.
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”!