STELLALUNA BY JANELL CANNON
Stellaluna, baby fruit bat, is born to Mother Bat. She clings to her mother as she flies to find food. One night, an owl attacks, sending the tiny bat falling into a bush. Though she hangs on to a twig most of the night, at dawn, she falls down, down, down into a nest of baby birds. Will Stellaluna be able to learn the ways of birds? Could she ever learn to like eating bugs? Will she learn to sleep in the night and stay awake in the day? Why won't Mother Bird let her sleep upside down?
It's a story that will tug on your heart strings as you cheer for a little bat who is trying to start a new life with others who are very different from her.
LITTLE LOST BAT BY SANDRA MARKLE
A baby Mexican free-tailed bat is born! His mother cares for him deep inside a cave where millions of bats live. The baby bat hangs upside down clinging to the ceiling by his thumb claws. On the cave floor below, hungry beetles wait for any little bats that fall.
When his mother goes out to hunt insects to eat, she always returns to find him with the other babies and to feed him. But, one night, she does not return. Her baby waits. She does not return. He is hungry. She does not return. He is exhausted. Still she does not return.
What will happen to the little lost bat? Will Mother return? Will he fall to the floor?
In this story, you will learn a lot about bats as you read about a little lost bat and cheer at the ending.
NIGHTSONG BY ARI BERK
A mother bat prepared her baby bat, Chiro, for his first solo flight. She assured him that she would be waiting for him inside the cave. Chiro was worried. How could he see in the dark? How would he find his way in the world? She whispered reassuring words, "Sense is the song you sing out into the world, and the song the world sings back to you." What did she mean? How could he just drop into the dark and be safe?
Chiro did as he was told and as he flew, he sang. What do you think happened? Was he able to find his breakfast? Did he find his way back home? Was his mother waiting?
In Nightsong, you will be introduced to echolocation, the secret sense that only bats have. In the poetic prose of Ari Berk and the precious paintings of Loren Long, you can follow Chiro's first night on his own and, in the process, possibly discover the song you will sing out into the world as you grow up. A beautiful, touching story with vocabulary and syntax that will inspire awe in every reader.
The 3 Kids Wings Literature Guides by Suzy Red include activities that can be used in whole group, small group, and with individual students including:
Pre-reading activities including:
Readers Theater Scripts, both Informational and Introducing the Stories
Vocabulary Activities in Projectable Crossword Puzzles
Fun Bat Games
Bingo for vocabulary mastery
Comparing and Contrasting Bat Books
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