began work on Bluebird in 2002. Ten years later he felt
he was ready to bring it to the world.
Through The Park
The story was inspired by a Spring walk the author took through
Central Park in 2002 and the many birds he encountered along
the way. In particular, Staake noticed a cat bird that seemed
to hop along the grass and fly along with him as he made his
way through the park. The bird seemed as curious about Staake
as the author was about the bird, and on the train back to Massachusetts
Staake wondered if he could craft a story about a bird wordlessly
interacting with a young child. In his Cape Cod studio, Staake
began thinking about the book and created a cover concept sketch
showing a solitary bird amidst a sparse, almost abstract, New
York skyline. He called the story Bluebird.