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Bluebird by Bob Staake


by Bob Staake

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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 |
I really liked this story. The first reason I liked it was, of course, for the illustrations. There was not any written text with this book, so the whole story was told from illustrations. The illustrations in this story were really great through. They were able to convey the plot across easily, and were very appropriate to the mood of the story. Looking through the story the reader is able to understand the emotions that they character is feeling just by witnessing the illustrations. The style of the illustrations is also consistent throughout the story, and have a quite interesting style. The pictures are placed almost as a cartoon. When looking at the story there are multiple things that happen on each page, and this makes the story quite engaging. This also helps to flow the story quite well. It is easier to see the plot from page to page in this format. Another reason I liked the story was because the plot was engaging. As the reader I was waiting to see what would happen with this little boy and bird. It was clear that the little boy was lonely, and this bird was going to be his friend, and I wondered what was going to happen to them. It was quite a surprise to me when the bluebird was attacked. This added a surprise to the story that I did not see coming. Although sad, this also make the story engaging. Another reason that I liked this story was because of how it is able to broaden readers’ perspectives. The story displays what it was like for this little boy to be bullied in, and out of the classroom. Without words, the story is able to show how the boy felt about being bullied. This story is a good way for readers to see how bullying can affect someone. It also allows readers to see how impactful their actions can be on someone else. The last reason that I like this story is because the plot is able to be interpreted differently. This allows readers to pull their own meaning out of the story. For example when the bird is carried at the end of the story some people could interpret this as the bird going to heaven, or possibly just being healed and flying away. Either way, readers are able to use their own imagination and critical thinking to understand the story. I think the big idea of the story is that bullying is hurtful and wrong. The main character was bullied to the point where even a helpless animal was injured, and this is a problem. But, through the story children are able to see the gravity of their actions. ( )
  kmetca1 | Mar 8, 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. 

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:44 -0400)

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

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