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Bat in the Dining Room (Leveled Books) Library Binding – Aug 1997

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  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing (Aug. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761450076
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761450078
  • Product Dimensions: 26.3 x 21.3 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,187,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on 11 May 1999
Format: Library Binding
My daughter received this book as a gift when she was just 4. As a child who loves language and animals, she was thrilled with the lilting lyric poetry and the tale of a bat caught in the tourist-filled dining room. The main character "strange Melissa" is appealing in its originality, sensitivity and all too rare celebration of a female heroine. Any observant and intuitive child would find her an especially sympathetic character. That being said, in my opinion, the poetry is the reason we return to the book again and again. Crescent Dragonwagon has distinguished herself with her flowing verse that is not only sophisticated but delightful to the ear. We consider it on par with David Kirk (of Miss Spider fame) and Dr. Seuss. Enjoy!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
One of the best read-aloud books ever! 11 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Library Binding
My daughter received this book as a gift when she was just 4. As a child who loves language and animals, she was thrilled with the lilting lyric poetry and the tale of a bat caught in the tourist-filled dining room. The main character "strange Melissa" is appealing in its originality, sensitivity and all too rare celebration of a female heroine. Any observant and intuitive child would find her an especially sympathetic character. That being said, in my opinion, the poetry is the reason we return to the book again and again. Crescent Dragonwagon has distinguished herself with her flowing verse that is not only sophisticated but delightful to the ear. We consider it on par with David Kirk (of Miss Spider fame) and Dr. Seuss. Enjoy!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
How many stars can I give this book !!! 30 Oct. 2011
By Lientje - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have been going through the annual clean up and rearrangement of my 2000+ kids books, and not only ran across this one again but sat down and read it again.
(Generally I buy for the illustrations and even have my books alphabetized by illustrator. Schindler is in my Top 25 list. Schindler is in top form here, but then he almost
always is. So I shall talk about the author. I have rarely read a children's book that is so thoughtful, so poetic, so important. Wow.

The gist of the story is that many people are dining in a very nice dining room at a hotel resort. Then a bat arrives. At first it is unnoticed, but when someone does finally see it,
the shout goes up, everyone runs out of the dining room (except for little Melissa), the maitre 'd throws up his hands in alarm, confers with cooks, begs everyone to come back. They will
take care of the matter in no time. And in fact, all believe that the maitre'd has successfully killed the bat, and life can go on for the vacationers.

Melissa, however, knows better. She had stayed behind, hiding under the table cloth on their table. She sees the bat still flapping on the floor, "and she alone thought how the bat might
feel." Melissa was the weird one in school, and Melissa was the one in the large family of her brothers and her sisters, and her cousins, and her uncles, and her aunts (apologies to Gilbert and Sullivan) who decided to commune with nature on this trip more often than communing with the relatives. "She noticed, quiet, a thousand things or more. A cardinal on a telephone wire,
that the third swing on the left was higher, a padlocked gate, some lichen on a stone, a high-up bird's nest, which she left alone."

When the rest of the crowd believes it is safe to come back in, and also around the same time, notices that Melissa is missing, they enter into the dining room finding the bat still alive.
The cry went up: "Shoot it! Hit it! Throw a knife! But Melissa crouched there in the dark, saying 'Come on, bat'.

And so she opens the emergency door, and the bat is free.

I want to tell you the entire story, but that is probably against the rules. I have to say it is one of the most spiritually beautiful books I have in my collection. It has
brought tears to my eyes. No child should be left behind without this story in his/her life.

I am stunned to see that it appears to be no longer in print and that only one other person has reviewed this book. I can only believe that it must be because when it was first printed in
1997 Amazon was not yet well known or well visited.

Note to publishers: Please bring it back.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful thoughtful story 14 Jun. 2012
By S. Gagne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I love , love, love this book! I have 3 sons, ages 6, 4, and 2. While I'm not sure the 2 yr old understands what is happening in the story, my 6 and 4 yr olds do. My husband and I are animal lovers and want to pass this trait on to our boys. This book epitomizes a thoughtful caring empathetic animal lover, a little girl.
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