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Stellaluna

Stellaluna

Fall 2004 DVD
Ages: 2 - 6 yrs.
VHS Price: $14.95
Review:
Janell Cannon's charming children's book about a baby fruit bat who is separated from her mother and raised by birds translates fairly well to the animated screen. The movie isn't nearly as lovely to look at as the drawings in the book, but it is, nevertheless, a fine DVD, and the story is worthy of viewing, no matter what the medium. Stellaluna's adoptive bird mom shows an unwavering kindness toward the sweet little "bird" who likes to hang upside down and can see in the dark. Stellaluna wisely herself wonders of her bird siblings: "How can we be so different and feel so much alike?" In the end, the story touches on themes of bravery, loneliness, tolerance, and ultimately, the love of family. Snuggle on the couch with your children and watch. Extras on the DVD include a mini-documentary on the "Not So Scary World of Bats," giving great information about how bats have an undeservedly bad reputation. A charming craft segment teaches exactly how to create a puffy little Stellaluna of your own. And the "Learn to Draw StellaLuna" actually will enable you to draw your own bat. The extras are excellent choices for young viewers.
Ann Oldenburg   ©2004 Parents' Choice
Ann Oldenburg, lecturer and interim director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, writes about television, food, workplace issues and other pop culture topics. A University of Florida Gator with a degree in journalism, she began her career at The Washington Post and spent more than two decades with USA TODAY. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.

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