‘Stellaluna’ Unit of Study Highlights
Book by Janell Cannon
The warmth of a mother’s love …..
The fear of being in a strange place …..
Overcoming fear by finding new friends……
Most of us have experienced how frightening it can be when we find ourselves in a new and strange place. Just as Stellaluna did.
This is such a sweet story of a little bat who is separated from her mother, and finds herself in a nest of baby birds. In order to survive, Stellaluna learns to eat bugs and sleep at night, but she can’t let go of the need to hang up-side down. This story can generate some great discussions on how it feels to be different, and the need to make some changes to ‘fit in’ without losing the essence of who you are.
This book illustrates how we can be different from others, and yet have similarities. Through hands-on activities, children:
• Identify common sets of opposites
• Examine similarities and differences
• Use dramatic play to re-enact the story
• Develop fine motor skills and visual acuity through finding and sorting objects in a sensory tub
Children will identify with how Stellaluna feels when she falls from her mother into a nest of birds. They will delight in how brave she is, and the relief she feels when reunited with her mother. Lots of great emotions to uncover!