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By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Striking, vibrant tale of friendship, bullying, and loss.

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BLUEBIRD is a remarkable tale of loneliness and friendship, beautifully rendered in Photoshop with angular, geometric shapes and shadows that convey powerful emotions. It's all the more intriguing because it conveys so much with so few words; aside from a splash of text here or there, nearly all the work requires emotion-reading, and those emotions are no walk in the park: Bluebird deals with heavy themes such as isolation, bullying, and loss, some of which may be upsetting for certain readers.

However, for kids who've faced these issues, this might offer some catharsis and an appreciation for the bigger lessons of friendship. Parents can use this book as an opportunity to discuss bigger issues of bullying, loss, or grief, or simply to check in about school or friendships. Beyond all this, it's simply a great way to delve into the importance of emotional literacy and to discuss how we are able to divine how those around us are feeling.

Book Details

  • Author: Bob Staake
  • Illustrator: Bob Staake
  • Genre: Picture Book
  • Topics: Friendship
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade
  • Publication date: April 9, 2013
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 8
  • Number of pages: 40
  • Available on: Paperback, Nook, Hardback, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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