Book Review: The Robot and the Bluebird by David Lucas

Filed under: Day Care & Education, That's Entertainment

I've previously written about my son Nate's typical boyhood obsession with all things transportation. Though I consider myself an equal opportunity parent and encourage all types of play, he tends to gravitate towards stereotypically "boy toys" with such enthusiasm, I have given into the fact that nature wins out over nurture in this area.

Now that I have earned my PHD in trucks and all things Thomas the Tank Engine, I am happy to report that we have moved on to other topics of interest. At the moment my boy loves robots. It hasn't diminished his love of things that move, just added another dish to the menu. He's even going to be a robot for Halloween. (Well, he wanted to be Spiderman, but he was Superman last year and we really wanted to create a homemade costume. Yes, it's all about us for another year at least!)

Working in publishing, I noticed a lack of good books for preschoolers on robots. Then I came across a new title from the UK, The Robot and the Bluebird by David Lucas. It tells the tale of a robot with an irreparable broken heart, sent to the scrap pile to waste away. Then he meets a tired bluebird trying to make its way south for the winter. What transpires over the following pages actually made me sob during the bedtime ritual.

Hauntingly beautiful, it is reminiscent of Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince. Your child will be engrossed in the stunning illustrations, while you read deeper into the hidden message of love and self-sacrifice. It's probably best-suited for children age 3-6, though the pictures are lovely enough to engage a slightly younger reader and the story destined to be a favourite for years to come.

Now that I've read this one a hundred times, anyone out there got any other robot-themed books to recommend?


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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.