The Bookish Dame
September 16, 2011
"Stanley Seagull" - He's Adorable!
by Deborah Previte
I know this isn't the ordinary book I review for "A Bookish Libraria," but it's one I thought you might enjoy for a change of pace!
Dear Stanley is the cutest seagull ever! His book is fun to read and has lots of pictures to keep young ones' imaginations going while you read to them. I was even able to read "Stanley..." over Skype to my grandson, and he loved it!
The story of a kindly, but young seagull, "Stanley.." will warm the hearts of little ones while teaching (in a gentle way) the lessons of home and heeding the advice of others. Stanley is caught up in a "situation" where his impulse to get what he wants; i. e., more food, overcomes his caution and the warning of his friend. He grabs more food from a trash truck only to become trapped and carried off a long way from home--to a landfill before he knows it! At the landfill he learns about how humans are affecting the environment.
Scared and very far from home, poor Stanley realizes his mistake in not listening to his friend's warning. Or, put another way; he learns that for every action, there's a reaction...for bad or for worse, and in this case it's worse because he is not home; not near his beautiful beach!
A wise old seagull, Walter, helps Stanley, and from him Stanley learns how to get back home. Dear Stanley recognizes that there really is no place like his home, and he learns others just might be able to share wise advice he could learn from.
I loved this little book. It's just right for children who are learning impulse control, listening to teachers and parents for guidance, and understanding about our environment. The pictures are so darling. They visually support Stanley's feelings throughout.
All in all, "Stanley the Seagull" is a bright new book for children, one that is fun to read to them and one that has a messages they might easily take in.
The other thing that impresses me about this book is that it is published by Tribute Books which is an up-and-coming small publishing house. They have had much success with "Stanley the Seagull," and we should look for more success from them in the future as they choose interesting books and fine authors to support.
To read more about Stanley and his authors, please go to:http://stanleyseagull.blogspot.com/
5 stars for a sweet book with important message.