Sunday, March 25, 2018

On Gull Beach by Jane Yolen and Bob Marstall from Cornell Publishing Co.[Review & Giveaway - USA]

ISBN: 9781943645183
Hardcover $16.95 - Ages 3-5
Cornell Publishing Group
My thoughts:  Having grown up in a delightful historic coastal town and gathered many wonderful memories of visits to the beach, I relish the memories this sweet picture book, On Gull Beach, invoke.

Written with lyric rhyme of a young boy as he traipses along the seashore of Gull Beach trying to retrieve a Star Fish from a flock of Sea Gulls.

As he runs along the beach he passes various shore critters, tiny pools of water, grasses, and shells. He introduces you to the home of a species of bird - shore birds - the Sea Gull.

This is a sweet book of a boy's shore adventure and encounter with Sea Gulls.

About the book: On Gull Beach follows a boy collecting shells on the sands of a Massachusetts shoreline.  As he approaches a lone starfish, a seagull snatches it and takes flight, only to be joined by other gulls in a sparring clash for ownership of the marine morsel.  Following the flock down the beach, the boy describes small glimpses of the ecosystem along the way, where he is reunited with the starfish and shows stewardship for his natural surroundings.

Yolen’s pictorial prose and Marstall’s colorful images paint a concise and pleasant picture of a day at the beach.  After the story, readers can continue to learn about beach wildlife with a full color guide to wildlife you could encounter while walking the shoreline and a few tips on being a thoughtful beachcomber.  On Gull Beach is a great story to send the little ones off dreaming of ocean air and sand between their toes.

About the Author: Jane Yolen has authored more than 350 books including the Caldecott-winning Owl Moon, loved by children and bird watchers of all ages; You Nest Here With Me, a popular new favorite co-authored with her daughter Heidi E. Stemple; and the New York Times bestselling series How Do Dinosaurs…?  Jane Yolen’s books have been translated into over 20 languages Many of Ms. Yolen’s books are about wildlife subjects, especially the winged kind.  She lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts.  Her website is

About the Illustrator: Bob Marstall is the illustrator of eleven nonfiction children’s books, including The Lady and the Spider, which sold over a quarter-of- a-million copies and was a Reading Rainbow selection. Bob has also been honored with an ALA Notable; an IRA Teachers’ Choice; a Smithsonian Magazine Notable Book for Children; and three John Burroughs selections. In addition, two of Bob’s books are included in the New York Times Parent’s Guide’s “1001 Best Books of the Twentieth Century.” Bob lives in Easthampton, Massachusetts.  His website is

About the Cornell Lab: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a world leader in the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds. Our hallmarks are scientific excellence and technological innovation to advance the understanding of nature and to engage people of all ages in learning about birds and protecting the planet.
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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from MMPublicity on behalf of the author and publisher, Cornell Publishing Co., to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and are freely given.


  1. "Share something you love about beach." I beachcombed on Galveston Island, picking up sand dollars, etc.

  2. Lovely memories: It is always fun to find colorful and unique shells on the beach.

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  3. I love being on beach and just walking. You can just lose yourself and all your troubles. It is so calming and peaceful.

  4. I remember taking our young children to Florida and they were amazed at the size and beauty of the ocean! It really is an incredible place, and seeing it through their eyes was really memorable.

  5. Have many childhood memories on the beach with family. Now I live on a lake.

  6. Your review brings to mind happy memories of beach walking, picking up shells, listening to the rhythm of the waves and watching the seagulls.

  7. I saw your link on Booknificent Thursday link party. You wrote a lovely and descriptive review of the book! This would be a great read for children before they go to the beach. It brings back memories of going to the beach when I was younger collecting shells, building sandcastles, and swimming in the ocean. :)
    Thank you,
    Christina/The Blog for Teachers, Readers, & Life!

  8. I've always enjoyed Jane Yolen's writing! This looks good! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on!

  9. We always rented a house at the beach for 2 weeks in the summer. Our family also came and went while we were there. I always loved when we all went down to the beach with my cousins and played. Great family time.

  10. In my younger years, my family and I spent many summer vacations at the beach, and always, there were gulls!

  11. I live near and love the beach. My funniest beach story was when a seagull stole our bag of Doritos from our picnic lunch.
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