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BLOG TOUR STOP: Once Upon a Twilight

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September 11, 2011

Book Tour: Stanley Seagull Post & Review

by Yara Santos

Happy Sunday everyone. Today OUaT bring you the next stop in the Stanley Seagull book tour. Today's stop will be a review for the book.

Author Cathy Mazur Links: Website / Facebook / Goodreads
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Stanley Seagull
Author: Cathy Mazur
Illistrator: Colleen Gedrich
Pages: 32 Hardcover
Reading Level: Children's Picture Book
Published: July 2011
Review Source: Tribute Books
Available: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / iTunes

Summary: (from goodreads) 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.

I'm always glad when Tribute Books ask me to review one of their Children's Picture books. They have some of the best ones out there. I read Stanley Seagull for myself and I also read it out loud to my 4 year old to see what his reaction was of Stanley Seagull. We both enjoyed it.

Stanley is a seagull that lives at the beach. He lives a very happy life by the water. He has a cousin Seymor, and they both spend their days looking for food. One day Seymor shows Stanley about the garbage trucks that stop at the beach. Stanley thought he won the lottery, when he saw all the food he could eat. Seymor had mentioned to Stanley that he had to be ready to fly away at a moments noticed though. Stanley of course didn't do as Seymor told him. He was caught in the garbage truck by the cover. So when Stanley realizes that he is no longer close to the beach, he truly becomes sad. So Stanley's mission is to find the beach again and go home. He doesn't care that he has endless food at the dump site, he just cares about the blue waters and going back home.

The story in general I liked it very much, the ending was just a bit fast. I would have like to read more on Stanley trying to get home again. This book does teach children that being greedy doesn't get you anywhere. At the same time it also teaches then never to give up or back down. So Cathy does a well job explaining that throughout the story. Now the illustrations are wonderful, I love that Colleen used water colors to paint each scene. It gave it that beach feel to it. The color palette she used was perfect. My 4 year old was captured with each page. I recommend this book to all who have young children and to any teacher or librarian that teach elementary school. Its a great book to have as part of any school's library.

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