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Bluebird /

by Staake, Bob.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, c2013Edition: 1st ed.Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 25 x 29 cm.ISBN: 9780375970382 :; 037597038X :.Subject(s): Bluebirds -- Fiction | Friendship -- Fiction | Bullying -- Fiction | Loneliness -- Fiction | Stories without wordsSummary: An exploration of the universal themes of loneliness, bullying, and friendship traces the poignant journey of a bluebird who makes the acquaintance of a young boy and ultimately risks his life to save the boy from harm.
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"Like nothing you have seen before," raves Kirkus Reviews in a starred review.<br> <br> 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. <br> <br> Bob Staake has been working on this book for 10 years, and he believes it is the story he was born to write.<br> <br> <br> From the Hardcover edition.

An exploration of the universal themes of loneliness, bullying, and friendship traces the poignant journey of a bluebird who makes the acquaintance of a young boy and ultimately risks his life to save the boy from harm.

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Horn Book Review

From its elegant, innovative title sequence to its bittersweet conclusion, this picture book is a feast for the observant eye. Except for some signage, it's nearly wordless; in the title spread, a variant of the spare jacket art serves as a shadowed billboard in a gray-toned cityscape facing a dedication (to John James Audubon) against pure sky blue, thus setting up the dialogue between those tones that will parallel and reinforce the whole story. In the end, that hopeful blue will triumph, but not until the protagonist -- a downcast loner, teased or ignored by his classmates -- has trudged Manhattan's geometric, gray streets, oblivious to possible friendship or fun until his spirits are gradually lifted by the insistent bird following him. Presently he's sharing crumbs and following it into Central Park, where it leads him into play with other children. Then dusk brings a bullies' ambush, conflict, sorrow -- and a dreamlike resurrection accompanied by a many-colored flock. Staake's graphically distinguished art (rendered in Photoshop) conveys extraordinary depth of emotion. Bodies are small, schematic; heads huge, round, eloquent. Buildings -- from delicate silhouette to near-accurate representation -- support action that's expertly paced via a variety of frames and spreads until yielding to the park's natural curves and then to that blue sky. A story of friendship, of unfolding awareness, or of a more universal kind of love, this quietly beautiful book invites repeated perusals. joanna rudge long (c) Copyright 2013. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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