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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.
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 40 pages
  • 250 x 285 x 10mm | 532g
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Colour Illustrations Throughout
  • 0375870377
  • 9780375870378
  • 212,089

Review quote

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."
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About Bob Staake

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.
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Rating details

2,439 ratings
3.93 out of 5 stars
5 38% (925)
4 31% (765)
3 20% (485)
2 7% (182)
1 3% (82)

Our customer reviews

My kids and I love books from Bob Staake. They are fun, they are cute, they are smart. Based on this assumption I bought the Bluebird for my 6 year old son for Christmas. This book has no words so you follow the pictures and tell the story. So I did with my son. The book is about a boy who is being bullied by other kids. He makes a friend with a bird. At the end of the book the mean boys kill the bird and he flies to heaven. When we finished reading this book my son cried and cried and said he will never read this book more
by Pavla Engel
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