Bluebird Exposes Dangers of Bullying
By Bob Staake
Random House Children’s Books, 32 pages, $17.99
Bluebird by Bob Staake has no words, but uses a comic book style to get the message across to readers in the same tradition of wordless picture books like A Ball for Daisy and Snow Day.
The story starts with a lonely boy who seems to not fit in with his class. On his way home from school one day he meets a bluebird who quickly becomes his friend. They share everything from time in the park to cookie crumbs. While walking home, they run into a group of bullies who try to hurt the boy, when bluebird tries to help he is critically injured. Birds of all colors come together to comfort the boy and lift Bluebird up to heaven.
Staake has been working on this book for over 10 years and believes it is the book he was born to write. The message of the book is to decease bullying and show the comfort of a meaningful friendship. Readers of all ages receive the message clearly and it creates an opportunity to talk about bullying with children.
Reviewed by Sophie Sestero