Meet Sandy Gull is a rhyming picture book about a self-assured if not cocky
seagull who prides himself on being a bit of a rascal! Sandy spends a day
on the beach with his new friend, a young boy named Mickey. He shares
his philosophies of life near the sea, particularly his love of food. In Sandy’s
enthusiasm for treats he gets himself into a bit of a bad situation when he
attempts to steal a bag of potato chips from a sleeping sunbather. Mickey
makes it clear that he cannot remain friends with anyone who would steal and
Sandy learns his new friendship is important to him.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Dr Oliva Dsouza for Readers' Favorite Meet Sandy Gull by Mary J. Staller is a wonderfully exhilarating book about a smart and sassy seagull called Sandy Gull, who loves to spend his time on the beach, playing and flying around while having fun. The book is written in a rhyming style and is a delightful little read for young ones. Sandy Gull is a hilarious, brazen rascal with a good heart. He is proud and loves what he does. The day he meets little Mickey, he discovers the joy of friendship and realises that there are some rules that need to be followed and adhered to in life to maintain relationships and friendships. Mickey is similar to Sandy Gull in terms of his fun loving and playful nature, but he has been taught good manners about sharing and not stealing; the importance of which he passes on to Sandy Gull. Mary J. Staller has done an excellent job of writing an entertaining, fun story with a small lesson on values. The book is an excellent way of introducing the concept of friendship, honesty, and sharing to your little ones. The book also follows a rhyming pattern that helps in improving vocabulary and makes it easy for children to learn words that sound similar. Sandy Gull is an endearing, rascally little character and his friendship with the equally endearing, smart Mickey is delightful, to say the least. The two of them spend an adventurous and fun day at the beach and learn a few important life lessons. So, read this short, cute story and I am sure you will want more.
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!