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Lindsey Yankey grew up in rural Kansas drawing and playing outside. She was studying illustration at the University of Kansas when a bird flew through her open bedroom window. The bird perched on the bookshelf, looked around the room for a bit, flew in a circle, and back out the open window. That was the beginning of Bluebird.
Lindsey is currently living in Lawrence, Kansas with her fiance, cat, and lemon tree. Bluebird is her first picture book.

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"Whimsical illustrations using various materials of collage, pencil, ink, linoleum block, and paint that play with dimension abound. Each spread could be a stand-alone, but the beauty is in how each one enhances the others in a dreamy compilation brought together by bluebird's story. A deep richness is emphasized in each illustration and a diversity they collectively create. I've been an admirer of Lindsey Yankey's work since seeing it on display in Downtown Lawrence a few years back, and am so excited to share this book with you. Bluebird is a delightful story with luminous art which will send imaginations soaring." - Sturdy of Common Things "A story of a missing friend found and of confidence gained, Bluebird by Lindsey Yankey is pure pleasure. It is a quiet, thoughtful story wrapping around you like a warm hug. This is a book meant to be shared anytime with anyone." - Librarian's Quest
School Library Journal: PreS-Gr 1-One morning, a young bluebird is surprised to discover that the wind is missing. She has never flown without her friend, so she decides to find it. She goes in search of all of its usual hangouts: among the dandelions in the park, underneath the willow tree, at the rustling newspapers of the local cafe, around a floating balloon, on a flagpole, and beyond. Finally, she finds it at the top of a very high building. It is here that she realizes she has been flying all on her own. With newfound confidence, she takes off with her friend, the wind, to find new adventures. The delicate illustrations are droll and whimsical with rich details of the park and surrounding cityscape make this a delightful, low-key exploration.-Laura Hunter, Mount Laurel Library, NJ
Starred Booklist Review - "A little bluebird attempts a solo journey from the nest with, for the first time, no help from her friend, Wind. Maybe the wind is taking a day off? Confused, but curious, she goes exploring over the pond and out of the park to seek the wind in the cafe, market, and city dwellings. Flying through Grandma's window and around and about, she finally lights atop the tallest building all on her own! Quite pleased with herself, she soars up into the clouds, meeting her gusty playmate at last. Oversize double page spreads washed in muted neutrals and highlighted by olive green and specks of color carry the bird's journey forward as she searches. Large areas of negative space overlaid with delicate line drawings convey a familiar and yet otherworldly place for the little avian flyer, while Yankey's intriguing use of an aerial perspective inspires readers to turn pages sideways to view all the details of the park and the city. Throughout children will enjoy discovering Bluebird's location on the page and evidence of the wind's absence (motionless sails on the toy boats, a limply drooping flag, and inert laundry on the line.) Gorgeous flowered wallpaper and multicolored scarf patterns contrast with quieter pages employing exquisite detailed pen and ink drawings and collage. At the end of this visual treasure, Bluebird soars happily with the wind through the clouds in a seemingly limitless sky."--Booklist

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