Meet Sandy Gull

Children - Grade K-3rd
24 Pages
Reviewed on 05/23/2016
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Author Biography

Hello! Thank you for visiting my page. I'm happy to be here!
As a grandmother, I enjoy writing stories for children, especially when I can sneak in a subtle social lesson in the process. I am working on making my character Sandy Gull a "Brand" and it's a lot of fun. I have 3 additional manuscripts ready for the series. These books address bullying, hurting feelings although at times unintentional, and the last is closest to my heart..., dealing with a loved one with cancer. After being a volunteer facilitator with an organization working with grieving children, I realized how important it is to help children from 3 years old to 18 find their voices during this toughest of times.
My hope is to open up the lines of communication between children and adults through fun reading.
I also love tapping into my adult imagination and write a bit of romance!
My favorite place is near the beach and the sea while spending time with my family and friends.
I wish you all the Best of Success in all you do!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

There’s nothing quite like the beach on a warm summer’s day. Lots of sun, sand, and fun. Mickey is quite content to wiggle his toes in the sand as he carries his boogie board under one arm and a large chocolate pretzel in the opposite hand. It’s the chocolate pretzel that captures Sandy Gull’s attention – that and the sand that Mickey accidentally sprays in the bird’s face. For Sandy Gull, it’s all about food and, forgiving Mickey, he makes friends with the boy and convinces him to share his pretzel, the special treat made by his Gram. The pretzel shared and devoured, the new friends play in the water until Sandy Gull sets his sights on another treat – a bag of chips. The owner is asleep, so Sandy Gull takes matters into his own beak (instead of hands) and tries to steal the bag. Stealing is not good and Mickey doesn’t want to be friends with someone who steals.

Mary J. Staller’s colorful picture book story, Meet Sandy Gull, is delightful, a real treat. While enjoying Mickey’s adventures on the beach, young readers also learn about caring for others, apologizing when doing something thoughtless, and sharing. They also learn that stealing is not acceptable. One must be patient and ask, not barge in and steal. The story moves along in rhyming (and not so rhyming) verse with a new joy and a new lesson on each page. The illustrations complement the story beautifully. This is a valuable and entertaining learning tool for young readers. Well done!

Jessica Worth

My son absolutely loves the book. It really is a cute book. Looking forward to more books (Meet Sandy Gull)

Leanne Rector

Our family loves this book.We used to read this book to our oldest daughter. Now Allura reads this book to her younger sister and they share in Sandy and Mikey's adventure together. I would highly recommend this book to all family's with young to older children.