Bluebird by Bob StaakeBluebird by Bob Staake


byBob Staake

Other | October 28, 2016

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"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.
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.
Title:BluebirdFormat:OtherDimensions:40 pages, 9.81 × 11.25 × 0.41 inPublished:October 28, 2016Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0375870377

ISBN - 13:9780375870378


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching This is going to be part of my literacy circles. It leaves students to be able to interpret what they see in the story and maybe pen their own narrative. Touching story about fitting in and school life.
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Gently beautiful! A gentle wordless story about an unusual friendship that bring up some important questions.
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not for Very Young Kids This book is definitely not for very young children - as a previous reviewer mentioned it likely is good to bring up discussions on bullying, etc, but is not the typical bedtime storybook.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Endearing story This picture book tells the story of a little boy that doesn't seem to have any friends at school. A little bird watches and follows him befriending him and assists him in making friends at a park. There is a tragedy at the end and then something surprising happens. It is a great book to discuss how we can interpret the story differently. It brings about discussions on friendships, bullying and kindness. My six year old loves this book and asks to "read" it all the time. Beautiful illustrations.
Date published: 2014-01-13

Editorial Reviews

Starred Review, Booklist, April 15, 2013:"Staake works out an impressive range of emotion... Without use of a single word, this book raises all kinds of simple profundities for kids to question, ponder, imagine, and discuss."Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, February 25, 2013:“…believers and skeptics alike will find something deeply impressive and moving in this work of a singular, fully committed talent.”Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2013:“Like nothing you have seen before.”