“Stanley Seagull” written by Cathy Mazur, illustrated by Colleen Gedrich

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.

Released in July 2011, Stanley Seagull, can be purchased in Hardcover ($16.95) or Paperback ($7.95) formats. You can also purchase this book for your eReader in the following formats: the Nook ($4.95), Kindle ($2.99) or iPad ($4.99).

About 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.

To learn more about the author, you can like her on Facebook.

About the Illustrator

Colleen Gedrich, a lifelong resident Throop, Pa., earned a BFA in illustration from Marywood University in 2002. She is 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 (A Different Kind of Hero), and book covers (With God There Is Hope). Colleen has also teamed up with her very talented artist mother, Kathy Holmes Gedrich, and paints murals for children’s nurseries.

To learn more about the illustrator, you can like her on Facebook.

My Review
For this particular book review, I received the eBook version online (which was a total of 32 illustrated pages). This children’s story follows a seagull named Stanley, who lives at the beach and loves to share his passion for eating. Later, his cousin shows him a secret place to get all the food that he could ever wish for, but warns him to fly away when everyone else does. Instead of questioning why, Stanley agrees to go with all of the seagulls to the big green trucks on the pier where they find food that would last for weeks on end. But when the seagulls fly away, Stanley doesn’t notice and his carefree attitude gets the better of him.

When he finally escapes the green garbage truck, he has no idea where he is…or how he will ever get back to the ocean, which he learns is over a 100 miles away. Stanley meets Walter (another seagull who lives the dump) who tries to convince Stanley that life isn’t so bad without the ocean, and he should just get used to his new surroundings. But, Stanley cannot live without his ocean and vows to find it again. Will Stanley ever return to his beloved beach or will he be doomed to live so far away from home?

The story itself was very cute, although a little “wordy” at times. I am not sure so much dialogue was needed throughout the book…and I thought the ending should have been extended to what Stanley learned from his journey away from home. I could see this book used in an elementary classroom, for the purpose of learning the following: not to be greedy, listening to directions, being aware of your surroundings at all times, and to be thankful for what you have.

The illustrations were well drawn and did a good job accompanying the the storyline. Stanley is a very likable character, who many children will love to read about! I would recommend this book to ages elementary level and up.

To learn more about Stanley Seagull, you can visit the book’s website, and/or like the book on Facebook.

You can also learn more about the publisher, Tribute Books, by visiting their website, and/or liking them on Facebook. To learn more about their blog tours click here, and/or follow them on Twitter as well.

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  1. Melissa, thanks for taking the time to get to know our friend, Stanley. We appreciate your support of his blog tour and for recommending the book for elementary-aged children.

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