I had a different book in mind for the last category in the lower half of this year’s reading challenge: A book with an unreliable narrator or ambiguous ending. However, I found the original book hard to finish (Fahrenheit 451), and not wanting to leave this part unfinished, I searched the web for recommendations and found another book.
Bluebird is a wordless picture book. To give you a brief summary, the story follows the journey of a bluebird (the title character) who watches the boy from a distance struggle in school and with people. They then develop a friendship until tragedy strikes.
This book is said to have an ambiguous ending because you would assume (as adults do) that the bluebird has died. But if that is the case, why does he seem to fly away in the final panels? Perhaps it is symbolic for something else, or perhaps he has let the bird free. The story, being a wordless one, leaves it to the reader’s imagination.
Reading reviews on goodreads, there are some who thought it might be too much for a child. I would say otherwise, especially seeing the things kids are exposed to through video games and TV nowadays. Kids understand more than we give them credit for, and perhaps this would be a good introduction about death if it was a topic you hadn’t talked about before with a child.
Overall, I would give it 4 stars, as it was stunning artwork. The author is said to have taken 10 years to write the story, and I for one think it was worth his time and effort.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A boy befriends a bluebird, but tragedy strikes at the end.
I could see how the ending could upset some people, as its not what you might expect from a children’s story, but at the same time, I feel as though it gave the book a happy ending.