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2: Color Testing

While Staake's children's books are noted for their bright colors and explosive hues, he knew it would be essential to use a more sedate color palette on Bluebird. Using only various shades of grays and blues, the author felt he could create the right tone for the story - and set the stage for an ending in which a rainbow of colors is introduced. "I knew when I came up with the idea for the book that the story would end with a flourish of colors - and in my mind I recalled how powerful that effect was when Dorothy goes from the gray/sepia of Kansas into the vibrant world of Munchkinland in The Wizard Of Oz."

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