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Bluebird Hardcover – April 9, 2013
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Bluebird follows the story of a young boy who is friendless and the victim of bullying at school. He's excluded from group recess activities and teased in class. Meanwhile, a small bluebird watches the boy and proceeds to follow him after school releases. A friendship between the two is forged and it's put to the test during a tension-filled ending.
Bluebird really surprised me with the fact that I didn't think it would be so deep. I expected a usual picture book along with text to read out loud to my daughter. Instead, Bluebird is told entirely through beautiful illustrations shaded in black, white and blues. Each page is also broken into smaller panels to depict the next part of the narration and the passage of time. I was immediately taken with style because it reminds me of children's graphic novel, but much more simplified. However, my 5-year-old had difficultly understanding what was taking place in the book because it's not a style she is used to. In fact, the first thing she said when we started reading was, "Where are the words? I need the words!" So it's a bit of a learning curve for younger readers, but what the narration lacks in simplicity makes up for with the fascinating illustrations.
The ending to Bluebird also surprised me and I'll admit to not realizing the severity of what transpired until after I went back and re-read the blurb. It seems like the ending is set up in two ways.Read more ›
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Returned this (at a loss, since I had to pay for shipping to receive and return), but this book was horrible. Bought it for my 4 year old daughter.Published 14 days ago by Denise Randleman
Can a book with no words capture such strong feelings as those felt when you are most happy or most sad? After reading Bluebird, by Bob Staake, I believe the answer is yes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is a really sad book considering the death of BlueBird but I love that if teaches a life lesson : be grateful for what you have before it's gone.Published 2 months ago by Chef
I love wordless books, especially as a therapist working with non-English speakers. It was shocking to me how emotionally invested I became in this picture book - to the point... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Sallie R.
AMAZING WORDLESS PICTURE BOOK. Don't hesitate, buy now. You won't regret it, and it will stay with your forever.Published 15 months ago by Teacher
As an elementary school librarian, this book is written by an adult, for adults. The theme is too heavy (and quite frankly, violent) for children. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Carla