The Story Together
physical fold in the middle of each spread was crucial in directing
where the reader's eye should move from wordless frame to wordless
frame, Staake found it essential to create a half-sized, 40 page
"dummy booklet" for the Bluebird sketches. It
was this booklet that was presented to Lee Wade and Anne Schwartz
at Random House for approval. A few minor adjustments were made
on a couple of spreads, but the story outlined in the sketches
remains virtually unchanged from the book that was published.
"Every square inch of the book is used in the telling of
the story of Bluebird", said Staake, "and that
is pretty unusual. The story begins on the cover, continues on
the front endpapers, carries through the copyright page, plays
out over 40 pages, and the last scene is displayed on the final
endpapers. Even the back cover of the book reads as a visual
afterthought to the story."