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도 서 명(16) Stellaluna
저   자Janell Cannon
출 판 사David Bennett Books
대상연령6~10세


1994년 ABBY상 수상작
* 어린이 그림책부문 베스트셀러

선명하고 아름다운 그림과 쉽고도 재미있는 happy ending 이야기가 조화를 이루는 완벽한 어린이 그림책.

아기 박쥐 스텔라루나는 어느날 밤 엄마품에 안겨 하늘을 날다가 올빼미의 습격을 받고는 그만 엄마박쥐와 헤어지게 되었어요. 숲속에 떨어진 스텔라루나는 다행히도 새둥지에서 어미새의 보살핌을 받게 되었지요. 하지만 박쥐와 새는 습성이 정반대인 것이 많지요. 스텔라루나는 과일을 먹고 사는 박쥐종류인데 어미새는 벌레를 잡아와서 먹여줍니다. 스텔라루나는 낮에 잠을 자고 밤에 깨어 있는데 새는 반대로 밤에 잠을 잡니다. 스텔라루나는 거꾸로 매달려 자는데 반해 새들은 똑바로 앉아서 잡니다. 이런 반대되는 생활습관에도 불구하고 새들과 스텔라루나는 서로 이해하고 적응하며 살압갑니다. 어느날 아기새들과 함께 나는 연습을 하던 스텔라루나는 그만 너무 멀리 날아가는 바람에 길을 잃게 되고...

결국 엄마 박쥐를 다시 만나게 되고, 함께 자란 아기새들도 다시 만나게 되는 Happy Ending이 매우 정겹습니다.

어린이 그림책에는 예쁘고 귀여운 동물들이 주로 주인공으로 등장하는데 반해, 이 책에서는 사람들이 싫어하는 박쥐가 주인공으로 등장해서, 박쥐가 얼마나 귀엽고 정겨운 동물인지를 잘 보여줍니다. 어린 아이들의 사고의 폭을 넓혀줄 수 있는 책입니다.

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Hardcover - 48 pages
ISBN: 0152802177
책 크기 : 26.4cm x 26.4cm

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From Chris Sherman - BookList
After Stellaluna and her mother are attacked by an owl, the tiny fruit bat lands headfirst in a bird''s nest. The mother bird allows Stellaluna to stay, as long as Stellaluna doesn''t teach the bird babies bad tricks--like hanging upside down from the nest to sleep. Stellaluna wants to be as graceful as the baby birds, but she''s graceful only when she''s flying. A bat discovers Stellaluna, who''s been separated from the birds, sleeping wrong end up. It calls other bats to see this strange little creature, and a very happy Stellaluna is reunited with her mother to learn proper bat behavior. When the birds visit Stellaluna''s bat family, the little bat discovers that baby birds are as clumsy at being bats as Stellaluna was at trying to be a bird. 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. The facing pages of text include small, charming ink sketches that show what happens as Stellaluna''s mother searches for her baby.


From School Library Journal
With Janell Cannon''s popular picture book as its main feature, this recording includes other stories on bats as wellHattie, the Backstage Bat by Don Freeman and narrator David Holt''s version of Why the Bats Fly at Night. There''s also a short, factual account of bats, followed by "Stellaluna''s Theme," a brief piece of music that sounds like a folk lullaby. To hear Stellaluna read aloud is to realize just how much the illustrations contribute to its appeal in book form; it simply doesn''t do well orally, despite David Holt''s enthusiastic efforts. The other selections, accompanied by dim, disjointed strains of music, don''t fare much betterespecially the part about "amazing bat facts" in which children are urged to set up their own bat houses in order to reduce the numbers of annoying insects in the air. "Wouldn''t it be nice to have Stellaluna in your backyard?," Holt asks earnestly. Alas, his facts are wrong. Stellaluna doesn''t eat insects; as a fruit bat she eats fruit. Those wishing to educate children about bats are advised to skip this effort in favor of the growing numbers of fine books on the subject.-Carol Katz, Harrison Public Library, NY


From Beverly Kobrin - Children''s Literature
Read aloud or recommend Stellaluna for fictional perspectives on bats. In this tale, which concludes with two pages of facts about the flying mammals, a baby fruit bat is adopted by birds.