My youngest squirt’s first-grade book club met to discuss Janell Cannon’s Stellaluna, the story about how a bat and birds befriend each other regardless of their differences.
Since the bat in question is a fruit bat, various fruits were offered for snack such as kiwi, pineapple, and grapes. Once eating was underway, I had each girl lift her plate in order to find a sentence describing either a bird, a fruit bat, or both. After reading her clue, the bookie then told me where to put her name on the Venn Diagram.
As bellies neared fullness, each book club member shared a picture she drew of a favorite character or scene and shared a discussion question with the group. Open-ended questions ensued with . . .
What makes Stellaluna brave?
Which is your favorite character from the book, and why?
What amazed me the most was how thoroughly the girls had read the book, remembering even minute details.
From here, the girls watched a video adaptation of the book entitled Stellaluna (2004), directed by William R. Kowalchuk Jr. Book Club Babes II were also given the option of creating their own bat by following “How to Draw a Bat” instructions found on Pinterest.
Miss Elise, the young lady who selected the book for discussion, sent fellow readers home with a goodie bag filled with Stellaluna activity pages, a birdhouse, and paints. My squirt wasted no time in decorating her house.
Next discussion: Miss Piper’s pick of Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes