Sunday, April 14, 2024
The Robot and the Bluebird

The Robot and the Bluebird

by Mark Warner
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There was once a robot with a broken heart, good for nothing but expiring slowly on a scrap heap. Then one winter’s day a migrating bluebird lands on his shoulder, too exhausted to go further. The robot offers her shelter in the place where his heart used to be, and her warmth and singing and companionship stir up the last glimmer of energy the robot has.


  • Could you make up a new story based on a similar title (e.g. The Robot and the Squirrel)?
  • Write a prequel to this story that explains how the Robot had his heart broken.
  • Think of some speech / thought bubbles to accompany the illustrations.
  • Can you find any examples of repetition in the story (e.g. ‘He lay there…’)? Why has the author repeated phrases?
  • Write a diary entry from the perspective of the robot, in which he describes his feelings about meeting the bluebird for the first time.
  • Could you write an alternative ending to the story?
  • Could you write a sequel in which Bluebird returns to help Robot?
  • Find some other stories about robots. Which one is your favourite? Why?
  • Record a narrated version of this story. Here is an example:


  • Look at the shapes that have been used to create the robot illustration. Can you make your own picture of a robot using simple shapes?


  • Create a report about bluebirds. The following video may help you:

  • Find out why some birds migrate and look on a map to show how far they travel.


  • Find out how people use robots today.
  • Use Scratch to create a robot that can be moved in different ways.
  • Make a list of ways that robots may be able to help us in the future.

Design Technology:

  • Could you make your own model version of Robot?
  • Design and build a brand new robot.
  • Design a new birdhouse. Could you make it in the shape of the Robot?


  • Turn the story into a comic strip.
  • Create your own illustrations of key scenes in the story.
  • Create a collage of the two main characters in the book.
  • Discuss how colour is used throughout the story. What colours are associated with each character? Try to create your own scene using similar ideas.
  • Look at the pages that show the Robot lying down and looking at the sky. Could you use a similar technique to show the same scene at different times?


  • Design a new garden that would make a good home for birds and other wildlife.
  • The robot’s body is repurposed into a home for the bluebird. Think of other items that can be reused or recycled.


  • How does the Robot feel when he is sent to sit on the scrap heap? How does he feel when the Bluebird settles inside the space where his heart used to be?
  • The Robot becomes a good friend to the Bluebird. How do your friends help you? What can you do to be a good friend to others?
  • The robot helps the bluebird in the story. Think of people who help you throughout the day. These might include family members, friends, teachers and other members of the local community. Does anyone else help you to live your life?

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