The More The Merrier
September 13, 2011
Stanley Seagull by Cathy Mazur - (Children's) Book Review
by Kay Maher
Stanley Seagull, from Tribute Books, is such a wonderful book, full of good lessons for children of all ages. The author, Cathy Mazur, tells the tale of Stanley, a little seagull who loves to eat. (What seagull doesn't? Right?) One day his cousin shows him the delicacies of the garbage truck. Stanley doesn't follow his cousin's instructions, and ends up taking a trip in a garbage truck, winding up far away from home. He learns that the world is a big, and not so warm place, and longs for his friends and his beach. Stanley learns that being home, surrounded by friends and family is the best place to be.
My grandchildren loved this book, which we read on my iPad. My little Cha-cha (who just turned 4) told me, "Stanley is a bad bird. He not listen to Seymor, and get taken in the trash truck. I stay home, I listen to my momma, I not get taken by the trash truck!" LOL! Kids sometimes see lessons in stories that we don't!
Even my 8 yr old granddaughter loved this book, and was especially taken by the illustrations.
Cathy Mazur has a bachelor's degree in Library Science from Mansfield State College, and has a Reading Specialist Certificate from the University of Scranton. She was an elementary school librarian for the Mid Valley School District from 1975 until her retirement in 2010. Now, in her retirement, she writes wonderful books for children, like Stanley Seagull.
The illustrations for this book are done by Colleen Gedrich, who has a BFA in Illustrations from Marywood University. She is a freelance illustrator specializing in animal-themed work, and likes to work mostly with watercolor and pastels.
Stanley Seagull is available in hardback ($16.95), paperback ($7.95), as well as Kindle ($2.99), Nook ($4.99), and iPad ($4.99)
You can connect with Cathy Mazure and Colleen Gedrich, and Stanley on Facebook