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By Linda Rahm-Crites, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Coming-of-age story with natural science lesson.

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age 5+

Based on 1 parent review

age 5+

Too scary for my almost 5 year old

I thought this book was lovely but my daughter cried for an hour about the baby bat being separated from her mama. She was not comfortedby their reunion. I am sure some kids would not be bothered but it was a big deal for my sensitive child.

Is It Any Good?

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Children and adults alike respond to Janell Cannon's artwork; the luminous, full-page, color illustrations are realistically rendered and convey lots of scientific information. The premise of a bat trying to live with birds is humorous, fully exploited in illustrations. Some adults reading the book aloud, however, may find that the text lacks the vibrancy of the illustrations.

The lessons of self-acceptance and accepting others are demonstrated throughout the book: "Mama Bird told me I was upside down. She said I was wrong..." "Wrong for a bird, maybe, but not for a bat." One children's librarian described the book as a wonderful selection for read-aloud sessions with 4- and 5-year-olds, but noted that they "have to get into it." Before sharing the story, adult readers may want to spend some time introducing children to bats and setting the mood for a quiet, reflective story.

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