Release: July 2011
Release: July 2011
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.
Cathy Mazur’s Bio:
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.
Colleen Gedrich’s Bio
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.
We loved it! My kids have a strange fascination with seagull’s, so this delightful book fit right into our family! Also as the story is somewhat centred around Stanley’s desire to scavenge for food and to find the best place to do this, I think it resonated in the stomach of my 4 year old son, who is constantly scavenging for food around our house :). I really enjoyed reading this book to my kids because it not only told a story about a seagull who gets mistakenly removed from his home and his journey to get back but it also educates children about seagull’s themselves; and there are many life lessons to be learned as well. I don’t want to go into too much detail because I think you should read this book to your kids!
We received the Kindle version of the book and we read it from my iPod so there were times when your didn’t see a picture and because my older kids are 6 and 4, the 4 year old would get distracted easily not having anything to look at. But in my experience of children’s books this is by far one of the nicer reads. It flows nicely and doesn’t sound disjointed.
Our favorite part was of course the end when Stanley finally made it back home! 🙂
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*Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of Stanley the Seagull to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own*