"Like nothing you have seen before," raves Kirkus Reviews in a starred review.
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.
|Publisher:||Random House Children's Books|
|Product dimensions:||9.50(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
BOB STAAKE has authored and/or illustrated over 50 books, including The Donut Chef, Hello Robots, Look a Book, This Is Not a Pumpkin, and Pets Go Pop. The New York Times named Staake's The Red Lemon one of the 10 best illustrated books of 2006.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love this story. I am a preschool teacher and won't be sharing this with my students, but I think part of the issue is the suggested age range. This book has no age range and I was deeply moved by it as an adult. I think it's better suited for children outside of the suggested 4-8 year age range, and I think it could be especially powerful in a middle school classroom.
I could not love this book more. BLUEBIRD unfolds gently, sweetly without a single word of text. In fact, text not only is unnecessary, it would impede the flow of this tender story. The artwork features a remarkably subtle palette -- only grays and blues -- but conveys so much through darkness and light and the shift from grays to blues. The topics within BLUEBIRD are weighty and universal. I did cry when I reached the end of the book. My son, who is four, understood the story and proclaimed it "beautiful". Perhaps I should be more like my son.
Bullying is a weighty and dark subject, making it difficult to address. I thought this story was very eloquent with how the story is told using pictures and colors, but no dialogue. However, I disliked the ending very much. Not all bullying has this end result, which is difficult to convery to a 4 year old. I ultimately decided to return the book without sharing it with my son.