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Bluebird by Bob Staake


by Bob Staake

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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 |
Bob Staake has written and illustrated a ton of picture books but Bluebird is the only the second one I've read. I chose it specifically for the cover art comprised of basic geometric shapes, a limited pallet and a strikingly blue bird nearly center.

In this wordless picture book, a bluebird catches a boy's attention as he's at school in an urban center. The bird is the only source of saturated color, in an environment otherwise colored by cement, glass and steel.

The boy ends up spending a day of joyful frolicking in the forest or maybe Central Park with his bluebird friend. He's given a chance to reconnect with nature but it comes at a price. Here again is small animal, small child, and bully equation.

These sorts of plots always put me in revenge fantasy mode. They always have — even back when I was a child. Here especially, there is no redemption and no growth on the part of the bullies. They come, they destroy, and then the magic forest mojo happens for the boy's benefit.

Where are the books where the victims learn to stand up for themselves before tragedy happens? ( )
  pussreboots | Mar 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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