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Stanley Seagull By Cathy Mazur Illustrated by Colleen Gedrich
As I was reading this book I thought about how much most kids are like Stanley Seagull. By not listening, they find themselves in trouble and have no idea how to get out of it. With Stanley, he was so excited when his friend introduced him to the garbage truck because there was so much food there, he could eat all he wanted and still have more to eat. What he didn’t know way, if he did listen to his friends warning, he would be taken far, far away from his home and the ocean.
This really has a lesson for adults too. Isn’t that was satan does to us with sin? He tells how good it is, but doesn’t tell the consequences.
This is an awesome book for young children. The illustrations are amazing, and a child can read the story himself by the expressions on the faces of the seagulls, and the details in the pictures. The color’s are beautiful, and gives you the ocean feel. I think this story will capture the young reader’s attention because they will be sad for Stanley and want to see him find his home.
Thanks to Tribute books for providing an e-copy of this book for me to read and review. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.
Reviews for Stanley Seagull
Meet a young seagull named Stanley. Follow him as he wanders far from home and tries to find his way back. Join Stanley on his journey as he learns how humans affect the balance of nature.
“Stanley Seagull has everything he needs and loves his life but then he gets greedy and wants more. The author does a beautiful job of teaching kids that sometimes wanting more when you already have all that you need may ultimately bring you much less.” – Larry Peterson, author of Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes
“Children will enjoy following Stanley as he discovers fun, adventure, and the beauty of home.” – Cheryl Malandrinos, author of Little Shepherd
“Stanley Seagull is a heartwarming character. Former school librarian Cathy Mazur has provided a wonderful story for children of all ages.” – Jill Mackarey, librarian, Western Wayne School District, R.D. Wilson Elementary School
“In Northeastern Pennsylvania, more than a hundred miles from the ocean, there are lots of seagulls. This charming tale puts a face, a voice and a heart on the sea birds that seem so far from their homes. The problem solving is wonderful and is believable. It is a great story to tell and it answers the questions so many adults and children ask, ‘how did the seagulls get here?’ It is a great read aloud and a story I look forward to sharing with my students.” – Sue Piorkowski, librarian, Pocono Mountain School District, Coolbaugh Elementary Center
Meet the Author
Born in Scranton, Pa., Cathy Mazur is the daughter of Gary and Catherine H. Errico. She was educated in the Dunmore public school system and graduated from Dunmore High School in 1971. She received a bachelor’s degree in Library Science from Mansfield State College in 1975. She received a Reading Specialist Certificate from the University of Scranton in 1978. Cathy was employed as an elementary school librarian for the Mid Valley School District from 1975 until her retirement in 2010. While at Mid Valley, she instituted and coordinated the RIF (Reading Is Fundamental) program for 33 years helping students to develop a love of reading outside the classroom. Cathy served on the Board of Directors for the Valley Community Library in Peckville, Pa. for over 20 years acting as president for one year and board secretary for 19 years. She presently serves on the library’s Developmental Committee chairing various fundraising events. She resides in Dickson City, Pa. with Frank, her husband of 31 years. They are the parents of two children, Gary, 27 and Gia, 19. Now in her retirement, she is focused on writing books for children like Stanley Seagull.
Meet the Illustrator
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Colleen, a lifelong resident Throop, PA, earned a BFA in illustration from Marywood University in 2002. Since that time, she has worked part-time as a freelance illustrator specializing in animal-themed work. She enjoys creating her art using mostly watercolor and pastel. As a dedicated animal rights activist and full-time program coordinator for International Society for Animal Rights (ISAR), Colleen lives her dream of joining her passions for animals and art to promote a more harmonious world with a touch of beauty. Recent works produced by Colleen include t-shirt and invitation designs, children’s book illustrations, and book covers. Colleen has also teamed up with her very talented artist mother, Kathy Holmes Gedrich, and paints murals for children’s nurseries.
Email Colleen at: firstname.lastname@example.org