September 23, 2011
Book Review: Stanley Seagull by Cathy Mazur
by Danielle Smith
by Cathy Mazur
Illustrated by Colleen Gedrich
Published by Tribute Books
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.
The Turkeybird Speaks: “What a silly bird! He goes on a ride and falls asleep in a garbage truck! I love trucks, but I don’t think I’d like one taking me far from my home.
“This was a fun book. The seagull was silly and my mom taught me about how really have to be careful about what I do with my trash. We live by the beach and I love seeing the birds, but I don’t want them to eat my sandwich! And my mom said that the stuff in the ocean is better for them anyways.”
Mom’s Two Cents: “Stanley is one hungry seagull and living at the beach can be tough when much of his food supply has been gathered up by fisherman. When he and his friends discover a new treasure trove of food on the back of a moving truck that comes each day they can’t help but be excited. Sadly, Stanley doesn’t listen when his friends tell him to fly away and he’s suddenly whisked away to a strange place in the back of a garbage truck. His journey back is difficult, but along the way he makes a new friend and discovers just how much he loves his beach home.
“Stanley Seagull was a very fun read. Both the Turkeybird and I enjoyed talking about the beach, a place we love to having nearby our home, and the birds that live there. In Stanley Seagull the poor bird discovers that human food may not be the right menu choice for him, especially if eating it out of the back of a garbage truck. It was a wonderful opportunity to talk with the Turkeybird about how our behavior and choices impact the animals that live near and far. If there were perhaps anything I’d change it would be the illustrations a bit. I’m not sure if it was due to the reading on an eReader, but many times I thought the images were a bit blurry and not my typical choice. That being said, Stanley Seagull delivers an excellent message and one I believe all children can learn from.”
The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 3 to 8. A great story to help teach children the impact of our choices on the environment around us.