Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Review: Stanley Seagull 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.


Published June 29th 2011 by TB Press

The Elliott Review:

Stanley loves the new green trucks that appear and bring loads of interesting food for Stanley and his friends. However, since he misses the alert to fly away when the truck is loading, he finds himself miles and miles away from his wonderful seaside home in a nasty landfill.

His journey home will be followed by kids who are captivated by the interesting pictures. The book has much that it can teach children and adults alike. If we don't take care of our world, it becomes ugly and uncomfortable not just for animals but for people too!

Source: Thanks to Tribute Books for providing a copy of this book for  fair review.

Meet 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.

Meet 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.




  1. Thanks Jessi for getting to know our pal, Stanley. I'm glad you enjoyed reading about his journey home and for recommending the book to children. We appreciate your support and we're glad that you are a part of this blog tour.

  2. Aww, sounds cute! A little reminiscent of Happy Feet in terms of the environmental fable, but it's an important message for kids to receive, so the more books about this subject, the better!