Berk, Ari and Illustrated by Long, Loren, Nightsong 48 pgs. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2012. $12.23. (Rating: G)
Chiro is a baby bat. When his mother sends him outside by himself, to find dinner, he is afraid. His mother has some advice to offer and sends him on his way. As he flies through the darkness, he is able to find his “good sense” and not only see in the darkness but navigate the world around him, and most importantly –find his way home again.
This is the one of the best children’s books I have ever read. The artwork is unique, creative, and stunning. The story is truly wonderful on many levels, easy for all ages to find something to relate to –younger students appreciating the brave first flight of the little bat, which older readers will see how magical believing in yourself can be. This is the kind of book you buy for your school, yourself, and as gifts. Did I mention that Chiro is the cutest bat I could ever imagine!!?
EL –ESSENTIAL Reviewer: Stephanie School Librarian & Author.