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Bluebird by Bob Staake


by Bob Staake

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I really enjoyed this book for many reasons. The illustrations were perfect for the tone of the story and to portray the story. This book had no words so the most important part of the whole story was the illustrations throughout the book. The colors were all cool colors for the most part which gave it a very light and uplifting tone. But as the story went on the dark grays were used to show the sad parts of the story. There were also some other colors that showed through at the end to show some hope or peace. The illustrations were also aligned on each page like a comic book almost. There were many different scenes portrayed on each page. This made the book seem like a short movie and was so powerful. The character development was also done very well. It is hard to get to know the characters only through pictures. But it showed the hard times the boy went through and the good times he went through with the little bird. No matter who the reader is, they can relate to this book in some way in their life. This book is amazing in the fact that it can be looked at in so many different ways depending on who the reader is. ( )
  smurph33 | Nov 16, 2015 |
I thoroughly enjoyed this book for three reasons. First, since there were no words, the illustrations clearly depicted the story and could easily be understood universally. Primarily, the author used shades of gray and blue throughout the story. More importantly, the detailed expressions on the boy’s face clearly represented how he was feeling in each scene. For example, the author displayed how happy the boy was with the blue bird through his big eyes and massive smile when they were playing with the sailboats. Secondly, the plot was organized and suspenseful. It was clear that the boy went from being alone and bullied to ecstatic to have the blue bird as a friend. Although sad, the plot was suspenseful when the blue bird flew in to protect the boy who was being bullied in the park. Lastly, I enjoyed this book because it pushed me to think about real life problems such as bullying. The author displays this message by showing the boy being laughed at, isolated, and through the scene in the park where the other boys were trying to steal his sailboat. The main ideas of the book are all about friendship and the effects of bullying. ( )
  dbrock3 | Sep 14, 2015 |
This wordless book is about a boy having a rough day and a bluebird beginning to follow him. He cheers up with the companionship. The two eat cookies, sail boats and go for a walk in the park.Some bullies through sticks at the boy and the bird gets hit and dies. Many different colored birds come to fly the boy up to the clouds. He releases the bird into the afterlife.
  mefellers | Aug 8, 2015 |
A lonely boy makes an unlikely friend in a bluebird in one the most moving wordless picture books to date. Staake’s stylized illustrations depict nuance in his story and characters, from the sweeping urban landscape to the tiny bluebird’s expressions. Varying sized panels pack more emotion and action into this story than can be captured with words and cue the reader’s timing on how long to read into each panel. Blue, white, black, and grey are the predominate colors in this story and Staake uses shading and coloring brilliantly to portray the mood in each part of the frame. Reader beware, this isn’t only a story of gentle friendship but also one about death, grief, and saying goodbye. Staake depicts death with enormous sensitivity and follows it with a beautiful ending that prompts further discussion. In the overfilling market of wordless picture books, Bluebird firmly stands on the top tier and is essential to any lending picture book collection. With tissues at the ready, Bluebird is very highly recommended for ages six and up. ( )
  Jessie_Bear | Jul 7, 2015 |
So sad and so beautiful. Simple and profound. ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375870377, Hardcover)

In his most beautiful and moving work to date, Bob Staake explores the universal themes of loneliness, bullying, and the importance of friendship. In this emotional picture book, readers will be captivated as they follow the journey of a bluebird as he develops a friendship with a young boy and ultimately risks his life to save the boy from harm. Both simple and evocative, this timeless and profound story will resonate with readers young and old. 

Bob Staake has been working on this book for 10 years, and he believes it is the story he was born to write. 

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A wordless picture book about the inspiring friendship that develops between a bluebird and a young boy.

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