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Stanley Seagull Paperback – June 27, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: TB Press (June 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983741808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983741800
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,963,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stanley Seagull is a heartwarming character. Former school librarian Cathy Mazur has provided a wonderful story for children of all ages. --Jill Mackarey, librarian, Western Wayne School District, R.D. Wilson Elementary School

In Northeastern Pennsylvania, more than a hundred miles from the ocean, there are lots of seagulls. This charming tale puts a face, a voice and a heart on the sea birds that seem so far from their homes. The problem solving is wonderful and is believable. It is a great story to tell and it answers the questions so many adults and children ask, how did the seagulls get here? It is a great read aloud and a story I look forward to sharing with my students. --Sue Piorkowski, librarian, Pocono Mountain School District, Coolbaugh Elementary Center

Children will enjoy following Stanley as he discovers fun, adventure, and the beauty of home. --Cheryl Malandrinos, author of Little Shepherd

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.

More 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.

Email: cathy@tribute-books.com

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This is a sweet story with super cute illustrations.
Jackie M.
The story is simply told with Stanley's love of the ocean pushed to the forefront, and with an underlying message that being greedy can change a life forever.
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If I had children of my own in this age group I would be reading this book to them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grapes on August 30, 2011
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KINDLE

Even Seagulls can have bad days. In this instance, there is Stanley Seagull. Stanley makes a friend one day. His new friend, Seymour, shows him delicious types of food in a big green truck. Seymour warns Stanley time isn't to be wasted. When it's time to go, it's time to go. Stanley must move quickly. However, Stanley doesn't move up and away from the green truck in time. In one sad day he will find himself far away from his ocean home. The story is delightful and sad too. Along the way Stanley meets another friend Walter. No new friend can make Stanley stop thinking about home. Will Stanley ever get back to his ocean home?

"Stanley wanted to get back to the beach, but how? Walter thought awhile and explained that a lot of gulls never made it back..."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jackie M. on August 29, 2011
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While reading this book I definitely had my children in mind. What parts would they like the most? What pictures would they want to look at just a little longer before turning to the next page? This is a sweet story with super cute illustrations.

Poor Stanley Seagull gets himself into a pickle by not listening or paying attention to what he is told. Luckily, with some help, he eventually finds his way back home. I felt so bad for Stanley getting stuck in the dirty, smelly landfill when all he really wanted was to go back to the beautiful beaches and open skies he called home.

This book presents a great opportunity to share time reading with very small kids and also to discuss some of the themes in the book with ones that are a bit older. It would be perfect to read together with your kids before bed.

And if you are wondering which picture my kids would like the most, it's probably the one where a hotdog gets snatched off the grill. :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jmalu on August 26, 2011
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This well written and adorably illustrated children's book has quickly become one of my favorites! It beautifully relays themes of friendship, adventure and an appreciation of "home". It is lovely to find a book that is fun and innocent yet still carries an important message. I recently attended a baby shower that asked for a children's book in lieu of a card and I brought "Stanley Seagull". It was the hit of the party! It was the only book that was read aloud and passed around the room! I will definately be giving more copies as Christmas gifts - I think it will be every child's new favorite book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bella DePaulo on July 15, 2011
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A touching and beautifully illustrated story, with just the right measure of dramatic tension. As one who is totally into the ocean and endless grazing (though not from garbage trucks), I loved it. I was going to give it to a kid when I bought it, but now I'm not so sure.
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Stanley Seagull is a children’s picture book that could be used to teach several concepts. Filled with colorful illustrations, this book could be a springboard for a discussion on listening, conservation, healthy eating, consequences or not giving up. Most of us can probably easily relate to Stanley’s predicament and have likewise found ourselves in a bad situation because we didn’t listen or pay attention to what was going on around us. Hopefully like Stanley we don’t give up but instead keep searching until we find our way out.

Rating: 3.5 Stars – Good Book

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"There were not any real "stand-out" parts in this book for me. I liked that for each page you read, you got to see two really neat pictures. Since I was reading on a Kindle, the pictures were in black and white, but I still enjoyed them. I believe this book would appeal to children younger than I am because it was very easy for me to read. The most exciting part about this book is that it was the first book I ever read on my very own Kindle! This is also the first review I ever wrote!"

Submitted by my eight-year-old daughter

This book was provided free to me in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100 percent mine.
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"One day Stanley and his cousin Seymour were flying over houses on the bay...Seymour flew down and snapped up a large hotdog. Stanley was very impressed with Seymour's reward." Cathy Mazur uses humor and charm to create the world of a seagull named Stanley. Stanley goes on an adventure far from home and must find his way back. Any child would love to hear this book as a bedtime story.

Stanley Seagull is reminiscent of the classic "find your way home" tale, but told in a bite-size way for children. It speaks of man's interventions and how they may have an impact on nature. At one point, Stanley thinks to himself, "A seagull should not live a hundred miles away from the ocean; it went against nature and the order of things." How often do we hear those kinds of words anymore? I can't think of anything more important than giving a child an appreciation for "nature and the order of things, " especially in the current cultural climate.

From Pennsylvania, Cathy Mazur was employed as a school librarian for 35 year, before retiring. She instituted and coordinated a program called "Reading is Fundamental," which seeks to encourage children to develop a love of reading.

Colleen Gedrich's illustrations are fun and colorful. She succeeds in capturing the ocean environment that Stanley loves and calls home. Also from Pennsylvania, Ms. Gedrich is a program coordinator for the International Society for Animal Rights.

Tribute Books is a publishing company, started by Nicole Langan. They accept new manuscripts-instructions are on the website. Topics and types of books include: children's books, history, historical fiction, humor, photo books, poetry, reference, relationships, religion and sports. Tribute Books also provides opportunities for fundraising.

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